April 24, 2019

The Golden Echo: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Precariousness of Beauty

Event Details

Date & Time

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program and the Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy


Free and open to all.


Jundt Art Museum Auditorium


Professor Joseph Mudd (509) 313-6799,  mudd@gonzaga.edu

About This Event

Catholic Studies Lecture Series presents the 2019 Bernard J. Tyrrell, S.J. lecture. Join us as speaker Anne M. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Mary’s College of California, presents The Golden Echo: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Precariousness of Beauty.

About the Lecture:

To begin a theology with beauty is to risk much, including inconvenience, infelicity, incomprehensibility, and failure. Most of all it is to risk the deployment of a category that is, underneath our sanguine thoughts of pretty architecture and art, nothing less than dangerous to theology. Beauty dies, beauty deceives, beauty changes. Surely all these features render beauty unhelpful and harmful to theology. Yet Hans Urs von Balthasar begins his theology here, precisely here, at this crossroad of peril and opportunity. This lecture is about how Balthasar understood the risk of his endeavor, understood it explicitly, and how his “theological aesthetics” is as much an act of daring as it is a recovery of the lost transcendental of being.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Carpenter is the author of Theo-Poetics: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). She has written scholarly essays on liturgy, metaphysics, phenomenology, monasticism, and theological aesthetics. Her research focuses on the intersection between the symbolic worlds of art, especially poetry, and the rigors of philosophy, especially Thomistic metaphysics and Blondelian analysis.

About the Bernard J. Tyrrell, S.J. Lecture:

This series honors Fr. Bernie Tyrrell for his many of service to the Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies.