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Strange Companions? Hans Urs von Balthasar as Resource for Comparative Theology

While Hans Urs von Balthasar has been often criticized for a failure to deeply engage cultural and religious diversity, this essay argues his theology proves an excellent resource for comparative theology. After clarifying and explaining Balthasar’s own shortcomings in interreligious and intercultural engagement, the article presents his theological aesthetics as a paradigm for forming the comparative theological imagination. The essay demonstrates this utility by examining a passage from the Daoist text Zhuangzi in light of Balthasar’s theology.

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