Erich Przywara was a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and theologian of German- Polish origin, who .. John Betz, “Translator’s Introduction,” in Erich Przywara, Analogia Entis: Metaphysics: Original Structure and Universal Rhythm, Eerdmans , Grand. ERICH PRZYWARA: A NEW EVALUATION Karl Barth, and the German Jesuit, Erich . analogy of being, the analogia entis; he argues that the. Erich Przywara’s Interventions in the Philosophy and Theology of the s The first thing to say about the analogia entis is that Przywara did not invent it;.

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But recognizing that a pure approach does not yield a pure metaphysics does not proscribe of the methodic altogether. The central question of Analogia Entis relates to the simultaneous similarity and dissimilarity between God and creatures, and Rntis grounds his response to this tension in both an impassioned pursuit of knowledge and a respect for the teachings and traditions of his faith.

Our ecstatic imitation ericg participation of that human manner of living and acting which Christ united to Himself is the very means by which we are divinized.

Metaphysically, the being of the creature is not self-sufficient and drich rest, like that of God, but is an oscillation between essence and existence. But this articulation of noetic creatureliness is also that by which anxiety arises, and through which, Christ and faith in Christ detach us from such anxiety for the sake of mission.

Fordham University Press,n Fordham University Quarterly 58 2: This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat As a metaphysical principle, the analogy of being has been rejected by almost all theologians and philosophers of religion since Barth who are analogiq Roman Catholic or associated with Radical Orthodoxy. If creation, why then Christ? If, however, he decides that this is perhaps not quite the right framework after all, then Przywara may in erjch provide a ahalogia alternative.

Still, aligning his understanding with that of Przywara would seem to require him to make this distinction przywra, particularly if he intends to invoke Kierkegaard. This means at least in part that all of these thinkers are acknowledging how things like context and subjectivity play fundamental roles in human understanding, and in theological reflection. This edition leaves little more to be desired. Betz lucidly describes this context and eridh it with a nuanced, intelligible discussion of Przywara’s work.


Lacoste writes, In the chiaroscuro of the world and of history, liturgy. First, pure logic treats the PNC as a form of the principle of identity PIconceiving all as rest essencethus confusing creaturely with divine being. The rhythmic movements in which humans are always already embedded make up the horizon of experience in which God is encountered, but this encounter manifests as a productive interruption to those everyday rhythms, forming those rhythms in new ways.

However, if this is the case, it might also reveal a deficiency in Przywara which after all is possible if, as Lonergan suggests, opposed tendencies may exist in the same systemalthough one that I think could be rectified by his own logic. If one attends to meaning, the objection runs, one is not attending to the meant. The creature’s unfolding essence in-and-beyond existence is ever upheld by the divine giving.

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I want to spend some time with Glory of the Lord Iwhich emphasizes aesthetics. Accordingly, I will acknowledge differences between how he formulates the problematic of truth and history, errich how the tension of the question is felt in me today.

This article has no associated abstract. Old Testament Studies Criticism. Eikelboom is also correct to analofia that these days the relationship between chaos and order remains fraught, both in theology and in politics, not to mention our psyches.

While I sometimes choose to take him to mean one of the latter two, it nevertheless seems to me that when he describes the relationship between the various potentialities and actualities that make up the intra-creaturely analogy, for examplehe appears to do so in the mode of referring to a single creature. And yet—thirdly—what is peculiar to the creaturely hereby stands out positively, against the background of the Deus semper maior, in its relatively distinct autonomy or proper causal agency causae secundae.

I do have some further thoughts on what Balthasar might do with this, but for now I want to follow the insights Hemmer and Montejo have so deligiently provoked. An emphasis on our responsibility to appropriate and be formed by our tradition sand so to be faithful to them, is also a readily recognizable traditionalist trope.


Section 4 transitions to the question of God and theology. Syndicate readers are encouraged to contribute their own responses at each successive turn. All of which is to say that Eikelboom is well within her rights to ask me just what I mean by it. He notes that, for the child, the experience of any particular existent elicits universal wonder, as if any individual thing is perceived as the totality of being itself.

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But why was my surprise pleasant? A piece of the puzzle that is still missing to me, at least explicitly, is how Heaps understands his Aristotelain-Lonergan-dialectic-as-method to be ontologically grounded.

As a creaturely construct, the analogia entis is a form that always points beyond itself — This coincidence keys us into the fact that thinking is not something other than incarnate action.

Reading the Analogia Entisit can feel like one is being tossed about on the waves. It is to this we are attached; it is to this we are bound, as bodies ericu wild horses.

Instead, one encounters a mind that is somehow still ahead of us, a thinker to whom we are still trying to catch up. Revelation saturates the errich of creaturely experience, meaning that it is encountered by the creature as an experience, but only as an experience that re-shapes the conditions and contours of experience itself. In other words, one not only can say that an existing entity shares in a common notion of being, but also indicate the particular nature of its distinctive manner of participating in existence.

Nevertheless, in the midst of this intra-traditional dialectic, Przywara also engages at least two other traditions—continental philosophy and Protestant theology. This effort to articulate a formal conception independent of particular traditions accounts for the considerable difficulty it takes to access Przywara’s novel vocabulary and complex argumentation.