The Authority of Saints

Drawing on the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

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Pauline Dimech
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , May
     262 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Pauline Dimech explores whether and to what extent we may attribute authority to the saints, but also how we may ensure that it is the saints, and not the scoundrels, whose influence persists and whose memory endures. The thing that drives her research is the thought that history is full of examples of individuals who held positions of official authority that they did not deserve. Dimech is convinced that Hans Urs von Balthasar can help us clarify the issues surrounding the authority of the saints. Besides establishing Balthasar's involvement with the enterprise, this book tries to establish the theological foundations upon which the authority of the saints would have to be based in theory, and, possibly, already, however implicitly, based in practice.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Pauline Dimech is a lecturer and researcher in dogmatic and fundamental theology, as well as in religious education, at the University of Malta.


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