Chapter

The Analogy of Being

Edited by Nicholas J. Healy

in The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278367
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278369.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Analogy of Being

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Chapter Two articulates, in dialogue with Thomas Aquinas, Balthasar’s understanding of the structure of the analogy of being as a relation of Giver and gift. The key to understanding the relationship between God and creation as neither a juxtaposition of two things nor a negation of creaturely existence is the non-substantial fullness of being as gift and the consequent “real distinction” between being and essence. Balthasar develops this metaphysical scheme unfolding the meaning of the act-character of being in light of interpersonal relations.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; real distinction; analogy of being; gift; creation

Chapter.  31046 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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