This new study is a unique contribution to the understanding of Balthasar's theology. The central thesis of Chapp's text is that Balthasar's seemingly eclectic writings can be interpreted as a coherent theological whole centered around a single controlling idea: that the Christian God is a 'God who speaks' and a 'God who would be known'. This study is unique for it recognizes the deeply held Christian conviction that the God of Jesus Christ is a God who speaks in an articulate, recognizable, and historically visible manner. It is Chapp's contention that Balthasar's entire theological opus can be interpreted as an elaborate theology of revelation that develops a 'theology of the finite' (using aesthetic and dramatic analogical categories) that acts as the condition of possibility for God's historically visible self-disclosure.
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Chapp has written a lucid and fluent work of analytical prowess and abundant insight. He has read deeply in Balthasar's works and knows the issues to highlight and the right quotes to cite..... (Edward T. Oakes, S.J. )
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