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Balthasar and Anxiety by John Cihak

By John Cihak

Anxiety is a significant and intensely genuine challenge this day. what's it? the place does it come from? Is it anything unique to human nature? Did Jesus Christ say or do whatever approximately it? Does the Christian religion have a contribution to make towards realizing and assuaging anxiousness? those and different related questions are taken up during this book.

Balthasar and Anxiety is a theological learn of the matter of tension throughout the lens of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1910-1988), arguably one of many maximum and so much prolific Catholic theologians of the 20 th Century. His therapy of hysteria, borne from his friendship with the Viennese psychiatrist Rudolf Allers and with the German psychiatrist Albert Gorres, is illuminating and provocative. yet as he himself admitted, his preliminary ideas required extra development. 

This research is a scientific presentation, research and improvement of Balthasar's unique theology of tension present in his simply paintings at the topic, Der Christ und die Angst. one of many nice traits of the Swiss theologian's method of theology is the facility to have interaction various currents of suggestion, so this research is based in discussion with modern psychiatry and with a number of the nice thinkers at the challenge of tension: Soren Kierkegaard, Sigmund Freud, George Bernanos, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Cihak's research, sufficiently rigorous but obtainable to the non-specialist, orchestrates those thinkers round the phenomenon of hysteria, anxiety's origins, its redemption by way of Jesus Christ and its transformation within the Christian lifestyles from preliminary believers to the nice mystics and saints. the full examine is framed through the 2 Gardens in which transpire the main major occasions referring to nervousness for Balthasar: the backyard of Eden and the backyard of Gethsemane.

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