Sorbonne, Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich
Rémi Brague (Sorbonne; University of Munich)
This master class is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, including non-University of Chicago students. Copies of the readings will be provided. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Franzen.
The thin pamphlet (1963) summarizes Hans Urs von Bathasar’s (1905-1988) masterpiece The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics (1961-1969). The booklet is compact, but rich. As a consequence, the reading is arduous, but extremely rewarding. After a sketch of the evolution of Christian theology in its two main epochs, von Balthasar brings the content of Revelation back to the self-assertion of God’s love through Christ. Beyond any merely human work of love, always finite and imperfect, the Christian message allows us to access Love as the ground of Being. The class will focus on the two central chapters 3 and 6 and possibly end with a foray into chapter 10.
H. U. von Balthasar, Love Alone Is Credible, tr. D. C. Schindler, San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2004. Chs. 3, 6, & 10.
Peter Henrici, SJ, “Hans Urs von Balthasar: a Sketch of His Life”, Communio: International Catholic Review 16/3 (fall, 1989): 306–50.
Rémi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich. In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. He is author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, literature, and law, includingEccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.