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Pope John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) both held Hans Urs von Balthasar in high regard. Many assume that their praise of Balthasar indicates approval of his controversial theology of Holy Saturday, but this book by Lyra Pitstick shows that conclusion to be far from accurate.
Pitstick looks at what John Paul II, Ratzinger, and Balthasar have in fact said regarding the creedal affirmation that Christ "descended into hell," and she shows that there are radical differences in their views. She then addresses a number of important questions that follow from these differences.
This careful, concise exploration of what three of the twentieth century's most famous Catholic theologians had to say about Christ's descent into hell provides an accessible take on a difficult point of theological debate.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ's Descent into HellAlyssa PitstickWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2006 / Trade Paperback$37.35 Retail:
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Our Lady of Holy Saturday: Awaiting the Resurrection with Mary and the DisciplesCardinal Carlo MartiniLiguori Publications / 2004 / Trade Paperback$6.26 Retail:
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Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford
"The truth that Christ descended into hell to crush the powers of evil and to lead into heaven those who had died longing for Him is weak in the consciousness of many modern Western Christians, and into this vacuum have come theologies of the descent such as Balthasars. . . . Lyra Pitsticks work is extraordinarily timely, since she firmly lays to rest any claims that, on this issue, Balthasar had the agreement of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Her work is both accurate and supportive of authentic devotion."
University of Lugano, Switzerland
"This is a very fine piece of scholarship, evincing an authentic quest for truth. It treats one of the topics mentioned in the Apostles Creed, the serious study of which has been compromised by the influence of a certain pseudo-mysticism on the part of the Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. . . . Pitsticks work is an excellent exercise of theological method, faithful to Christian revelation as transmitted by the Magisterium and elaborated in a clear, critical, systematic way. It is accessible not only to theologians but to all those wanting to deepen their understanding of the Apostles Creed."
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