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By John Cihak

ISBN-10: 0567000478

ISBN-13: 9780567000477

ISBN-10: 0567034070

ISBN-13: 9780567034076

Anxiety is a significant and intensely genuine challenge at the present time. 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 figuring out and assuaging nervousness? those and different comparable questions are taken up during this book.

Balthasar and Anxiety is a theological research of the matter of hysteria throughout the lens of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1910-1988), arguably one of many maximum and such a lot 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 suggestions required extra development. 

This examine 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 characteristics of the Swiss theologian's method of theology is the power to interact varied currents of proposal, so this research is dependent in discussion with modern psychiatry and with a number of the nice thinkers at the challenge of hysteria: Soren Kierkegaard, Sigmund Freud, George Bernanos, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Cihak's learn, sufficiently rigorous but available to the non-specialist, orchestrates those thinkers round the phenomenon of hysteria, anxiety's origins, its redemption through Jesus Christ and its transformation within the Christian lifestyles from preliminary believers to the good mystics and saints. the whole research is framed by means of the 2 Gardens in which transpire the main major occasions bearing on nervousness for Balthasar: the backyard of Eden and the backyard of Gethsemane.

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