Presented categorically below are Balthasar's main works, following the opera omnia used by Johannes Verlag, the publishing house that he founded in 1947. Each of the German titles below is hyperlinked to a custom search in our library's online catalogue, which will provide you with a list of all available translations and editions of that particular work in our library. Unfortunately the mobile version of this page has been substantially modified and does not display the corresponding English titles. For full functionality we suggest visiting the desktop version on your personal computer.

THE WORKS OF
Hans Urs von Balthasar

A formidable theologian and a prolific writer, Balthasar's works are as plentiful as they are profound. His bibliography includes 85 separate volumes, over 500 articles and contributions to collected works, and nearly 100 translations — not to mention the numerous smaller pieces and the 60 volumes of the works of Adrienne von Speyr which he transcribed and compiled himself. 

Presented categorically below are Balthasar's main works, following the opera omnia used by Johannes Verlag, the publishing house that he founded in 1947. Each category contains a list of the original German titles (right) along with titles of the corresponding English translations, where one has been made (left). Clicking on the German titles will redirect you to a list of all available translations and editions of that particular work in our library's online catalogue. Unfortunately this page is not well-adapted for mobile.

 

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1. TRILOGY

I. The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics

(Herrlichkeit: Eine theologische Ästhetik)

1.  Schau der Gestalt

2.  Fächer der Stile

i.   Klerikale Stile​

ii.  Laikale Stile

3. a. Im Raum der Metaphysik

i.   Altertum

ii.  Neuzeit

    b. Theologie

i.   Alter Bund

ii.  Neuer Bund

1.  Seeing the Form

2.  Studies in Theological Style

i.   Clerical Styles

ii.  Lay Styles

3. a. The Realm of Metaphysics

i.   In Antiquity

ii.  In the Modern Age

    b. Theology

i.   The Old Covenant

ii.  The New Covenant

II. Theo-Drama (Theodramatik)

1.  Prolegomena

2.  Die Personen des Spiels

i.   Der Mensch in Gott

ii.  Die Personen in Christus

3.  Die Handlung

4.  Das Endspiel

1.  Prolegomena

2.  Dramatis Personae

i.   Man in God

ii.  Persons in Christ

3.  The Action

4.  The Last Act

III. Theo-Logic (Theologik)

1.  Truth of the World

2.  Truth of God

3.  The Spirit of Truth

2. EXPLORATIONS IN THEOLOGY

  1. The Word Made Flesh
     

  2. Spouse of the Word
     

  3. Creator Spirit
     

  4. Spirit and Institution
     

  5. Man Is Created

 

3. MONOGRAPHS

  1. The Theology of Karl Barth: Exposition and Interpretation
     

  2. (Not yet translated)
     

  3. Bernanos: An Ecclesial Existence
     

  4. Martin Buber & Christianity: A Dialogue Between Israel and the Church
     

  5. First Glance at Adrienne
    von Speyr

     

  6. Two Sisters in the Spirit: Therese of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity
     

  7. Romano Guardini: Reform from the Source
     

  8. The Theology of Henri
    de Lubac

     

  9. Tragedy Under Grace: Reinhold Schneider on the Experience of the West

 

4. SCRIPTURAL EXEGESIS

  1. (Not yet translated)


     

  2. “You Crown the Year with Your Goodness”: Radio Sermons
     

  3. Paul Struggles with His Congregation: The Pastoral Message on the Letters to the Corinthians
     

  4. Light of the Word: Brief Reflections on the Sunday Readings
     

  5. You Have the Words of Eternal Life: Scripture Meditations
     

  6. Credo: Meditations on the Apostles' Creed

     

  7. (Not yet translated)

 

5. PATRISTICS

  1. (Not yet translated)
     

  2. Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor
     

  3. (Not yet translated)

     

  4. (Not yet translated)

     

  5. (Not yet translated)

     

  6. (Not yet translated)

     

  7. Origen, Spirit and Fire: A Thematic Anthology of His Writings
     

  8. (Not yet translated)


     

  9. The Scandal of the Incarnation: Irenaeus Against the Heresies
     

  10. (Not yet translated)

 

6. CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

  1. Heart of the World
     

  2. Prayer
     

  3. Christian Meditation
     

  4. The Way of the Cross 

     

  5. (Not yet translated)

 

7. MARY – THE CHURCH

  1. Raising the Bastions: On the Church in This Age
     

  2. Love Alone is Credible
     

  3. The Moment of Christian Witness
     

  4. Convergences: To the Source of Christian Mystery
     

  5. Engagement with God
     

  6. The Truth is Symphonic: Aspects of Christian Pluralism

     

  7. The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church

     

  8. (Not yet translated)

     

  9. The Threefold Garland: The World's Salvation in Mary's Prayer
     

  10. Mary: The Church at the Source
     

  11. Does Jesus Know Us – Do We Know Him?
     

  12. Mary for Today

 

8. BEING CHRISTIAN TODAY

  1. The Grain of Wheat: Aphorisms
     

  2. The Christian and Anxiety
     

  3. Who is a Christian?
     

  4. Elucidations

     

  5. Principles of Christian Morality
     

  6. Christian State of Life
     

  7. New Elucidations
     

  8. A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen
     

  9. (Not yet translated)
     

  10. The Laity and the Life of the Counsels: The Church's Mission in the World
     

  11. Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises: Edited with an Introduction by Jacque Servais SJ
     

  12. Test Everything: Hold Fast to What is Good [A Conversation with Angelo Scola]
     

  13. (Not yet translated)
     

  14. (Not yet translated)
     

  15. Being Christian Today
     

  16. (Not yet translated)

 

9. TIME AND THE END

  1. A Theology of History
     

  2. Man in History: A Theological Study
     

  3. Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter
     

  4. Dare We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"?
     

  5. (Not yet translated)

     

  6. Unless You Become Like This Child
     

  7. (Contained within the English publication of Dare We Hope)
     

  8. (Not yet translated)

 

10. ON HIS WORK

  1. Our Task: A Report and a Plan
     

  2. My Work in Retrospect*
     

  3. (Not yet translated)

     

  4. (Not yet translated)


     

  5. (Not yet translated)


     

  6. (Not yet translated)


     

  7. Bibliography**

* This title is translated from an earlier version entitled Mein Werk: Durchblicke

** Balthasar's bibliography is not translated per se but lists all translations published to date

 
 

11. REPUBLICATIONS OF 
EARLY WORKS

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