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Author Barrett, Melanie Susan.

Title Love's Beauty At the Heart of the Christian Moral Life [electronic resource] : the Ethics of Catholic Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Imprint Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.

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Description 1 online resource (334 pages).
Series Roman Catholic Studies ; v. 27
Roman Catholic studies.
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Table of Abbreviations; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1: Why Aesthetics? Ethical, Metaphysical, and Epistemological Considerations; I.1. Approaching Ethics "Aesthetically": Problems and Solutions; I.2. Elimination of Aesthetics from Theology: The Protestant Side; I.3. Elimination of Aesthetics from Theology: The Catholic Side; I.4. Toward a Solution: Clarifying the Task at Hand; 1.5. Constructing a Theological Aesthetics: Philosophical Assumptions; I.6. Perceiving the Divine: Is Natural Religion Possible?
Chapter 2: Theological Perception: Contemplating Christ "Aesthetically"II.1. God Reveals Himself to Us; II.2. How Do We Recognize Jesus as God? Balthasar's Aesthetic Theory of Theological Perception; II.3. Conclusion; Chapter 3: Spiritula and Moral Response to the Glory of God in Christ; III.1. One Possible Response: Refusing God's Love; III.2. Another Response to God's Love: Love Awakens Love; III.3. Attunement to God; III.4. Attunement to God in Christ; III.5. Christian Obedience: Limits and Qualifications; III.6. Christian Action: Being Sent on a Mission; III.7. Conclusion.
Chapter 4: The Christian Moral LifeIV. 1. Becoming Virtuous: Christ as Concrete Ethical Norm; IV. 2. Love's Perfectionist Orientation: All Are Called to Love Perfectly; IV. 3. The Process of Moral Formation; IV. 4. Conclusion; Chapter 5: Further Refining Balthasar's Ethics; V.1. Christian Moral Judgment; V.2. Conclusion: Critiquing Balthasar's Ethics; Bibliography; Index.
Summary This study develops the ethical theory implicit in the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, a prominent twentieth-century Swiss Catholic theologian. Balthasar's attempt to critically retrieve the concept of beauty for Christian theology yields important ethical insights, culminating in an aesthetic and dramatic theory of ethics: one in which the perception of the beauty of God's love in Christ becomes a foundational experience for moral formation and ongoing ethical discernment.
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Subject Balthasar, Hans Urs von, 1905-1988.
Christian ethics -- Catholic authors.
God (Christianity) -- Love.
God (Christianity) -- Beauty.
Love -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Aesthetics -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Barrett, Melanie Susan. Love's Beauty At the Heart of the Christian Moral Life : The Ethics of Catholic Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2009 9780773446496
ISBN 9780773411982 (electronic bk.)
0773411984 (electronic bk.)