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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Alyssa Pitstick vs Von Balthasar

Post-match analysis from the NOR. Click now rather than later 'coz they take their articles off quite quickly. Apparently Fr. Richard John Neuhaus thinks that "Like the third-century Origen, to whom Balthasar was deeply devoted, Balthasar may end up with a somewhat ambiguous reputation in the history of Christian thought." The Second General Council of Constantinople (553) said of Origen,

"If anyone does not anathematize Arius, Eunomius, Macedonius, Apollinarius Nestorius, Eutyches and Origen, as well as their heretical books, and also all other heretics who have already been condemned and anathematized by the holy, catholic and apostolic church and by the four holy synods which have already been mentioned, and also all those who have thought or now think in the same way as the aforesaid heretics and who persist in their error even to death: let him be anathema." D223

Many heretics have been anathematized by the Church but there are only a select few whom the Church has commanded us all to anathematize under pain of anathema. If that is the kind of "ambiguous reputation" in store for Balthasar I think we can settle for that.