The name of this e-book is a brief query. In its longer shape, the query will be: “In the replaced conditions after the 2ndVatican Council—with its subject of aggiornamento or ‘updating’, in particular within the parts of the Bible, the Liturgy, Ecumenism, and openness to the fashionable world—what does it particularly suggest to be a Christian today?”
Balthasar starts via acknowledging the confusion of many within the post-Conciliar interval. He then describes the dear contributions of the Council in these 4 components. yet he additionally describes their “shadows”: what may possibly get it wrong and infrequently did get it wrong. eventually he issues out the trail to real renewal within the own lifetime of the Christian and within the Christian’s provider of the world.
Among the most important issues and concerns Balthasar discusses which are very important for the real renewal of the Christian existence comprise: The Primacy of Contemplation, who's a ‘‘Mature Christian’’? , Love, the shape of the Christian existence, How should still a Christian Serve the World—and How Not?, regardless of every thing, a unmarried dedication , and Prayer, wish, and the Profane.
“We needs to accordingly get to the bottom of to show round and technique what appeared to be in the back of us as whatever ahead of us. To have the query earlier than us, ‘Who is a Christian?’, including our attempt to reply to it, is the correct process, for the reply will inevitably come to us from the resource from which our Christian existence itself is given, particularly, God’s residing notice . . . We rightly locate God within the signal of be aware and Sacrament, yet merely with a view to search him ever extra passionately the place he isn't and the place we needs to convey him. Or, fairly the place he already dwells unseen, and the place we needs to realize him.”
-Hans urs von Balthasar