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Fr. Edward T. Oakes

Father Oakes teaches liberal arts in the pre-theology program and in Pontifical Faculty in the areas of Christology, and 20th century theology  He studies the works of Barth, Tillich, von Balthasar, Rahner, and Lonergan.  Full Bio


What does it mean for God’s infinity to “dwindle” to infancy?

At the heart of all ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Evangelicals is their fundamental agreement on Christology — their common confession of Jesus Christ as Son of God and unique Savior of the human race. In this book, Infinity Dwindled to Infancy, Edward T. Oakes surveys Christian teaching on the person and nature of Christ and looks at many doctrinal and historical issues essential to the study of Christology.

Drawing on recent scholarship in New Testament and patristic Christology, key medieval theologians, major Protestant voices, contemporary Catholic theologians, and magisterial statements from Vatican II, Oakes presents two millennia of thinking on the Christian paradox of an infinite God who is a finite man — or, in the words of Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Infinity dwindled to infancy.”

The book concludes with a summary of the teaching on Christ that arose from the first seven ecumenical councils and a helpful glossary of technical terms frequently used in christological debate.

Eerdmans, 2011, 471 pages


Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) is one of the most prolific, creative and wide-ranging theologians of the twentieth century who is just now coming to prominence. But because of his own daring speculations about the meaning of Christ's descent into hell after the crucifixion, about the uniqueness of Christ as savior of a pluralistic world, and because he draws so many of his resources for his theology from literature, drama, and philosophy, Balthasar has never been an easily-categorized theologian. He is neither liberal nor conservative, neither Thomist nor modernist and he seems to elude all attempts to capture the exact way he creatively reinterprets the tradition of Christian thought. For that reason, this Companion is singularly welcome bringing together a wide range of theologians both to outline and to assess the work of someone whom history will surely rank someday with Origen, John Calvin, and Karl Barth.

Accessible and comprehensive guide to one of the most prolific theologians of the twentieth century who is now rising in prominence.  The book includes:

• Wide-ranging methodologies and approaches to enable the reader a wide exposure to the many fields where this theologian has made significant contributions 
• Eighteen chapters from eighteen authors who are highly respected in their fields

Cambridge University Press, 2004, 304 pages


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