Hans Urs Von Balthasar s Theology of Representation: God, Drama, and Salvation

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Hans Urs Von Balthasar s Theology of Representation: God, Drama, and Salvation

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This penetrating study makes a case for the centrality of the concept of representation (Stellvertretung) in Hans Urs von Balthasar s theological project.

How is it possible for Christ to act in the place of humanity? In Hans Urs von Balthasar s Theology of Representation, Jacob Lett broaches this perplexing soteriological question and offers the first book-length analysis of Balthasar s theology of representation (Stellvertretung). Lett s study shows how Balthasar rehabilitates the category of representation by developing it in relationship to the central mysteries of the Christian faith: concerned by the lack of metaphysical and theological foundations for understanding the question above, Balthasar ultimately grounds representation in the trinitarian life of God, making “action in the place of the other” central to divine and creaturely being. Lett not only articulates the centrality of representation to Balthasar s theological project but also demons