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Title: The End of Kenotic Suffering
Subtitle: The Centrality of God's Love of Sinners in Schillebeeckx's and Balthasar's Soteriologies
Author(s): ALPERS, Christiane
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 333-353
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286949

Abstract :
This article discusses the ethico-political relevance of prayer by critically comparing Sarah Coakley’s association of contemplative prayer, as an important way to form Christ-like disciples of God for the further redemption of the world, with the alternative offered by Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Urs von Balthasar, as proponents of a second generation of 20th century Ressourcement theologies. For them, prayer, conceived as dialogical friendship between God and sinners, features not as means towards, but as the very centre of redemption. Overall, this article joins the discussion of Coakley’s work initiated by Linn Tonstad, and argues for an analogical conception of the relationship between God and (sinful) humankind.

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