The Apologetic Value of Human Holiness

Von Balthasar’s Christocentric Philosophical Anthropology

  • Victoria S. Harrison

Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 1-21
  3. Von Balthasar’s Conception of Human Holiness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 50-89
  4. An Internalist Interpretation of von Balthasar’s Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 92-124
    3. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 125-159
  5. Human Holiness as Apologia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 162-187
    3. Victoria S. Harrison
      Pages 188-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-232

About this book


The Apologetic Value of Human Holiness begins by providing the first comprehensive account of the model of human holiness developed by the leading theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. In so doing, the book also provides the first detailed explication of his Christocentric philosophical anthropology.
Part 2 argues that von Balthasar anticipates some key developments in late twentieth-century Anglo-American analytical philosophy, and that certain of these developments - in particular, the `internal realism' of Hilary Putnam - provide powerful support for von Balthasar's theological philosophy.
The final part elucidates von Balthasar's core intuition that human holiness is of immense apologetic value for religious faith, and concludes with a new, `internalist' theory of religious pluralism.
The Apologetic Value of Human Holiness will be seen as an important and original contribution to both Philosophy of Religion and Theology, and is likely to prove essential reading in upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both subjects.


Hilary Putnam Religion epistemology freedom knowledge theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Victoria S. Harrison
    • 1
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of London & University of Notre Dame, (London Centre)UK

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