Explorations in Theology, vol. 2: Spouse of the Word

Ignatius, 1991


In this volume, Balthasar looks at the Church, “the Bride of Christ,” as both unspotted and unfaithful—the Church of saints and of sinners. He goes through Scripture and tradition looking at both sides of the Church and what they mean.

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  • Unveils a thorough synopsis of Balthasar’s theological thought
  • Links every cross-reference to the Church Fathers and to other works of Balthasar
  • Presents practical and invigorating theological ideas


  • Part One
    • The Contemporary Experience of the Church
    • Fides Christi: An Essay on the Consciousness of Christ
    • Office in the Church
    • Who Is the Church?
    • Casta Meretrix
    • The Church and Israel
  • Part Two
    • Charis and Charisma
    • The Layman and the Church
    • Philosophy, Christianity, Monasticism
    • Priestly Existence
    • Toward a Theology of the Secular Institute
  • Part Three
    • Liturgy and Awe
    • Seeing, Hearing, and Reading within the Church
    • Seeing, Believing, Eating
    • Eucharistic Congress 1960

Product Details

  • Title: Explorations in Theology, vol. 2: Spouse of the Word
  • Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Translator: A.V. Littledale and Alexander Dru
  • Series: Explorations in Theology
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 490
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Topic: Systematic Theology

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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