By Hans Urs von Balthasar,Fr. Robert Barron
This ebook could be the most misunderstood works of Catholic theology of our time. Critics contend that von Balthasar espouses universalism, the concept that all males will surely be kept. but, as von Balthasar insists, damnation is a true possibility-for others but additionally for ourselves. certainly, he explores the character of damnation with sobering readability. even as, he contends deep realizing of God's merciful love and human freedom, and a cautious studying of the Catholic culture, element to the possibility-not the certainty-that, in spite of everything, all males will settle for the salvation Christ received for all. For this all-embracing salvation, von Balthasar says, we might dare desire, we needs to pray, and with God's aid we needs to paintings.
The Catholic Church's instructing on Hell has been usually overlooked through theologians, with the striking exception of von Balthasar. He grounds his reflections basically in Sacred Scripture, and in Catholic instructing. whereas the Church asserts that yes people are in Heaven ("saints"), it by no means pronounces a particular person to be in Hell. actually, the Church hopes that during their ultimate moments of existence, even the best sinners could have repented in their negative sins, and be stored.
Sacred Scripture states, "God...desires all males to be stored and to return to the data of the reality. For there's one God, and there's one Mediator among God and guy, the guy Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all." (1st Timothy, 2:4)
"Truly deep theological questions can not often be replied with an easy convinced or no. really, they're approached through the cautious theologian, who circles round them, making differences, bringing crucial facets to mild. the difficulty of who and the way many might be stored is unquestionably one of many thorniest theological puzzles within the Catholic culture, and that i have no idea any theologian-classical or contemporary-who plays the nimble activity of bringing out the complexity and profiles of this factor greater than Hans Urs von Balthasar. during this brief yet wealthy textual content, you are going to listen of grace, punishment, mercy, the bleak self-absorption of sin-but notably of hope."
- Fr. Robert Barron, Rector/President Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake