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Towards a Theology of God the Father

Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theodramatic Approach


Margaret M. Turek

Among Hans Urs von Balthasar’s vast corpus of theological works not one is found devoted specifically to an elaboration of a doctrine of God the Father. This study gathers and interprets Balthasar’s many scattered reflections on the mystery of the God of Jesus Christ – especially those concentrated in his Theological Dramatic Theory – on its way to constructing an approach towards a theology of God’s Fatherhood. Several of the most significant current issues in theology are addressed in this study, such as a reinterpretation of divine omnipotence in terms of the Father’s all-powerful powerlessness, the question of the possibility of coexistence between infinite freedom and finite freedom, an understanding of the immutability of God that allows for the Father’s being affected in some way by finite freedom, and an account of the Father’s generative act that sees as integral to it a properly paternal modality of receptivity.