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Homo Orans: Von Balthasar's Christocentric philosophical anthropology

Harrison, V.S. (1999) Homo Orans: Von Balthasar's Christocentric philosophical anthropology. Heythrop Journal, 40 (3). pp. 280-300. ISSN 0018-1196 (doi:10.1111/1468-2265.00107)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2265.00107

Abstract

Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Christocentric philosophical anthropology is the premise not only of his religious epistemology, but also of his whole theological enterprise. The importance of his anthropology to the rest of his theology is often overlooked, because its fundamentals are set out in an early work to which little critical attention has been given: Das Betrachtende Gebet—a work which emphasises the ‘necessity of prayer’. According to von Balthasar, in praying, one encounters God, and it is through this encounter that one can attain authentic personal identity and genuine fulfilment. In short, what this early work indicates is a conception of humanity as homo orans.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harrison, Dr Victoria
Authors: Harrison, V.S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Heythrop Journal
ISSN:0018-1196
ISSN (Online):1468-2265

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