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Theological Aesthetics

The Role of Aesthetics in the Theological Method of Hans Urs von Balthasar

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Jeffrey Ames Kay

Subsuming Heidegger's critique of the «Forgetfulness of Being» and Ehrenfels' «Gestaltpsychology von Balthasar» demonstrates the roots of monism in the blindness to Gestalt and thus the centrality of Gestalt perception in the philosophy of religion. Comparisons are made with the theological method of Gerhard Ebeling and «The New Quest for the Historical Jesus» in developing the importance of the theologian both seeing and being expropriated by the magnificence of Christ's Gestalt.