Seeing the Glory: Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory through the Lens of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics

Seeing the Glory: Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory through the Lens of Hans Urs von... Mark Bosco, S.J. What is a person without the form that shapes him, the form that surrounds him inexorably like a coat of armour and which nonetheless is the very thing that bestows suppleness on him and which makes him free of all uncertainty and all paralyzing fears, free for himself and his highest possibilities? What is a person without this?1 Hans Urs von Balthasar Wherever aesthetics has been separated from the religious imagination, scholars have gone to great pains to describe the relationship between art and religion. In terms of literature, theologians and literary critics alike continue to look at literary texts in order to point to the presence of the sacred--whether it be muted or prominent--or take notice of its absence, in whatever mode that absence has been rendered. Such is the case with the literary work of Graham Greene, one of the great British novelists of the twentieth century. Greene had the ability to blend an acute, modernist realism in his writing with an array of characters who typify the struggle with the logos 4:1 winter 2001 graham greene's the p ower and the glory religious dimensions of human life. By being faithful to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Seeing the Glory: Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory through the Lens of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics

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Copyright © 2001 The University of St. Thomas.
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Mark Bosco, S.J. What is a person without the form that shapes him, the form that surrounds him inexorably like a coat of armour and which nonetheless is the very thing that bestows suppleness on him and which makes him free of all uncertainty and all paralyzing fears, free for himself and his highest possibilities? What is a person without this?1 Hans Urs von Balthasar Wherever aesthetics has been separated from the religious imagination, scholars have gone to great pains to describe the relationship between art and religion. In terms of literature, theologians and literary critics alike continue to look at literary texts in order to point to the presence of the sacred--whether it be muted or prominent--or take notice of its absence, in whatever mode that absence has been rendered. Such is the case with the literary work of Graham Greene, one of the great British novelists of the twentieth century. Greene had the ability to blend an acute, modernist realism in his writing with an array of characters who typify the struggle with the logos 4:1 winter 2001 graham greene's the p ower and the glory religious dimensions of human life. By being faithful to the

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Published: Feb 1, 2001

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