Hans Urs von Balthasar Quotes & Sayings

21 most famous Hans Urs von Balthasar quotes and sayings (theologian). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

“Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar Quotes
“Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.”
“The Christian response is contained in these two fundamental dogmas: that of the Trinity and that of the Incarnation. In the trinitarian dogma God is one, good, true, and beautiful because he is essentially Love, and Love supposes the one, the other, and their unity.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar Quotes
“Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.”
“Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar Quotes
“But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar Quotes
“The inner reality of love can be recognized only by love.”
“Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by the New Testament from the center, in order to replace it, for example, with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center, no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.”
“If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection, one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together, and one would then have to find a new center for the whole message of the gospel.”
“Prior to an individual's encounter with the love of God at a particular time in history, however, there has to be another, more fundamental and archetypal encounter, which belongs to the conditions of possibility of the appearance of divine love to man.”

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