Christ as performance

On Hans Urs von Balthasar’s dramatic Christology from below

Authors

  • Marnus Havenga Stellenbosch University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2020.v6n4.a6

Abstract

This essay will explore Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Christology as performance from below. It will begin by introducing Balthasar’s theodramatic project as presented in his five-volume work Theo-drama. Here, it will be shown how Balthasar engages with and uses the conceptual resources of drama and the theatre to develop a theological dramatic theory with the performance of Christ at its very centre. This will be followed by an investigation into Balthasar’s dramatic Christology and what he saw as the re-performance of the Christ-drama on the world stage. The essay will then conclude with a few brief remarks on the continued relevance of Balthasar’s dramatic Christology, especially for those interested in doing – and performing – theology from below.

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Published

2021-01-22

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General Articles (articles from all theological disciplines)