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"There will never be beings unloved by God, since God is absolute love." (Hans Urs von Balthasar)

Explore the profound spirituality of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Born in Switzerland, Balthasar (1905-1988) was one of the most prolific and sophisticated Catholic thinkers of the 20th century. As you will discover, Balthasar's theology provides a powerful model for the Catholic Church in the modern world.

In Hans Urs von Balthasar: Rediscovering Holistic Christianity, you will join Balthasar expert Dr. Kevin Mongrain (PhD, Yale University) in exploring this great theologian. When first approaching Balthasar, his corpus of works can seem like a daunting, complex labyrinth. Under Dr. Mongrain's guidance, however, you will discover enlightening threads throughout Balthasar's powerful thought.

Deeply influenced by the Jesuits, Balthasar eventually left the Society of Jesus to become a secular priest - that is, wholly engaged in the world. As you will see in this course, he became a spokesperson of the contemplative-charismatic strand of the Catholic tradition. His vision of the church promoted unity between its hierarchical, theological, and contemplative strands.

Under Dr. Mongrain's guidance, you will explore Balthasar's ideas about authentic prayer, mystical experience, and prophecy. You will also see how his ideas addressed the modern world. Balthasar wove together spirituality and metaphysics, and he sought a holistic Christianity - that is, one that wove together the visions of the saints throughout the ages.

Experience the power of Balthasar's vision today.

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Critic reviews

"Kevin Mongrain is a superb Balthasar scholar and, if possible, an even better teacher. He reads Balthasar from the inside, as it were as he thinks through Balthasar’s concern to unite high intellectual discourse with spirituality and concrete forms of Christian life. It is truly wonderful that Mongrain will now reach a wider Catholic audience through Now You Know Media." (Anthony C. Sciglitano, Jr., associate professor, Seton Hall University)

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  • J. REED
  • 13-04-18

Good, but not enough

What made the experience of listening to Hans Urs von Balthasar: Rediscovering Holistic Christianity the most enjoyable?

Learning about the person of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Have you listened to any of Dr. Kevin Mongrain PhD’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. He is personable and seems knowledgeable

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I had never learned about the man behind the theology, so it was good to get to know him.

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I wish he could have gone a little deeper into the details of Balthasar's thought. He spent more time talking about the man himself and what influenced him, but didn't spend much time on the intricacies of the theological conclusions those influences brought him too.

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  • Daniel Collins
  • 16-02-18

great professor great subject

loved this lecture series. puts the sometimes dense language of Urs into words more suited to a novice.

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  • Lee Cerling
  • 13-01-18

Masterful Survey of von Balthasar

Balthasar is a rich and rewarding theologian, but his works run many thousands of pages, and it can be difficult to enter into the richness of his thought. This is a wonderful introduction to his work that is appropriate for advanced undergraduates or seminarians.