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Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour

Mark McInroy


In this study, Mark McInroy argues that the ‘spiritual senses’ play a crucial yet previously unappreciated role in the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The doctrine of the spiritual senses typically claims that human beings can be made capable of perceiving non-corporeal, ‘spiritual’ realities. After a lengthy period of disuse, Balthasar recovers the doctrine in the mid-twentieth century and articulates it afresh in his theological aesthetics. At the heart of this project stands the task of perceiving the absolute beauty of the divine form through which God is revealed to huma ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, beauty, Balthasar, Barth, medieval theology, Neo-Scholasticism, patristic theology, perception, Rahner, spiritual senses, theological aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark McInroy, author
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, University of St Thomas