Love Alone Is Credible

Ignatius, 2004


In Hans Urs von Balthasar’s masterwork, The Glory of the Lord, the great theologian used the term “theological aesthetic” to describe what he believed to the most accurate method of interpreting the concept of divine love, as opposed to approaches founded on historical or scientific grounds. In this newly translated book, Balthasar delves deeper into this exploration of what love means, what makes the divine love of God, and how we must become lovers of God in the footsteps of saints like Francis de Sales, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux.

Based in the theological aesthetic form, Love Alone is Credible brings a fresh perspective on an oft-explored subject. This is nothing less than a deeply insightful and profound theological meditation that serves to both deepen and inform the faith of the believer.

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Key Features

  • Explores God’s divine love and what love means for us
  • Builds upon previous ideas of love in Balthasar’s earlier works
  • Discusses the importance of becoming lovers of God


  • The Cosmological Reduction
  • The Anthropological Reduction
  • The Third Way of Love
  • The Failures of Love
  • Love Must Be Perceived
  • Love As Revelation
  • Love As Justification and Faith
  • Love As Deed
  • Love As Form
  • Love As the Light of the World

Product Details

  • Title: Love Alone Is Credible
  • Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Translator: D.C. Schindler
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Jesus Studies

About Hans Urs von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) was a Swiss theologian, considered to be one of the most important Catholic intellectuals and writers of the twentieth century. He studied in Vienna, Berlin, and Zurich, and completed his doctorate in German literature in 1928. Incredibly prolific and diverse, he wrote over one hundred books and hundreds of articles. Although the Balthasar’s studies are diverse and scattered, his theology and philosophies are stirring, practical, and profound. He was drawn towards the spiritual and mystical theology of the Church Fathers, deferring to Scripture and patristic writers to answer modernist and neo-scholastic questions. During his life, he was both a diocesan priest and a Jesuit instructor. He was nominated to be a cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II himself, but Balthasar died two days before his ceremony.


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