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Von Balthasar & the Option for the Poor: Theodramatics in the Light of Liberation Theology
by Todd Walatka
Catholic University of America Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2949-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2948-5
Library of Congress Classification BX4705.B163W35 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 230.2092

Hans Urs von Balthasar’s vast corpus of theological, philosophical, literary, and pastoral writings remains one of the most impressive achievements in 20th century thought. In light of liberation theology and now the papacy of Francis, however, a theological affirmation of the option for the poor remains dangerously weak in Balthasar’s corpus. Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor offers a sympathetic reforming of Balthasar’s account of the drama of salvation – what he calls “theodramatics” – in response to this weakness.

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