Christology from Within
Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar
216 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268023546 | September 1996
Hardcover | 9780268008154 | June 2000
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268162115 | October 2020
Mark McIntosh’s examination of the unique christological thought of twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar provides a valuable example of how christology and spirituality can come together to offer a more humanistic idea of Christ.
Mark A. McIntosh is professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University. A priest in the Episcopal Church, McIntosh has also served as chaplain to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, and canon theologian to the 25th Presiding Bishop. He is the author of Mystical Theology: The Integrity of Spirituality and Theology (1998), Discernment and Truth: The Spirituality and Theology of Knowledge (2004), and Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology (2007).
“This is an engaging and delightfully accessible account of von Balthasar’s christology. McIntosh makes a compelling case for looking at von Balthasar’s theology in terms of his utilization of traditions in Christian spirituality.” —Journal of Religion
“McIntosh gives us a study of von Balthasar’s understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ. . . . [His] account of von Balthasar’s christology is lucid, grounded in careful scholarship, and well-documented.” —The Way
"[A]mong the many felicities of Christology from Within is McIntosh's command of English. The style is, in a word, elegant. Somehow the author has escaped the turgid academic prose that has even invaded the UK. Nary a ‘tensive construal’ can be found. Let us hope to hear more from McIntosh on spiritual theology in the near future; in the meantime, put Christology from Within on your list of those works that prove that a heartening new generation of American Anglican theologians is at hand."—Anglican Theological Review
Mark McIntosh has succeeded in offering the reader a synthetic and constructive reading of von Balthasar. This will be a contribution not only to Balthasarian studies but to Christology as well. With respect to the former McIntosh has not left many stones unturned in von Balthasar’s Christology. The fruits of this study await engagement with other contemporary Christologies and their methodological choices. Certainly this book will establish a retrieval of the humanity of Christ from the perspective of so-called high Christology, but it will also discover that humanity as one that plumbs the depths of our own humanity and calls it into a unitive imitation of the freedom and self-givingness of Christ.” —The Thomist