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Christs Descent Into Hell


Pope John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) both held Hans Urs von Balthasar in high regard. Many assume that their praise of Balthasar implies approval of his theology of Holy Saturday, but this book by Lyra Pitstick shows that conclusion to be far from accurate.

Pitstick looks at what John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger, and Hans Urs von Balthasar have said regarding the creedal affirmation that Christ descended into hell, and she shows that there are radical differences in their conclusions. She then addresses some important questions that follow from these differences: If they disagree, who is right? If John Paul II and Benedict XVI have lauded someone with whom they disagreed, are there implications for papal infallibility? Finally, whose theology best expresses the Catholic doctrine of Christ s descent into hell and how can we know?

This careful, concise exploration of what three of the twentieth century s most famous Catholic theologians had to say about Christ s descent into hell provides an accessible take on a difficult point of theological debate.

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SKU (ISBN): 9780802869050
ISBN10: 080286905X
Lyra Pitstick
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: May 2016
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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