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Born: 1905-08-12
Profession: Theologian
Nation: Swiss
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Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.

Tags: Faith, Love, Religion

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.

Tags: Beauty, Farewell, Sadness

If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection, one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together, and one would then have to find a new center for the whole message of the gospel.

Tags: Away, Together, Whole

The inner reality of love can be recognized only by love.

Tags: Inner, Love, Reality

But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation.

Tags: Death, God, Life

We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it.

Tags: Beauty, Longer, Order

Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.

Tags: Beauty, Courage, Truth

Prior to an individual's encounter with the love of God at a particular time in history, however, there has to be another, more fundamental and archetypal encounter, which belongs to the conditions of possibility of the appearance of divine love to man.

Tags: God, Love, Time

If God wishes to reveal the love that he harbors for the world, this love has to be something that the world can recognize, in spite of, or in fact in, its being wholly other.

Tags: Fact, God, Love

Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man.

Tags: Beauty, Become, Religion

St. Paul would say to the philosophers that God created man so that he would seek the Divine, try to attain the Divine. That is why all pre-Christian philosophy is theological at its summit.

Tags: God, Philosophy, Why

The Christian response is contained in these two fundamental dogmas: that of the Trinity and that of the Incarnation. In the trinitarian dogma God is one, good, true, and beautiful because he is essentially Love, and Love supposes the one, the other, and their unity.

Tags: God, Good, Love

The One, the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, these are what we call the transcendental attributes of Being, because they surpass all the limits of essences and are coextensive with Being.

Tags: Beautiful, Good, True

The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the Gospels that were composed as a unity.

Tags: Passion, Pieces, Unity

Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality: the finite is not the infinite.

Tags: Commence, Infinite, Necessary

Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.

Tags: Cross, Doubt, Stands

It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses, and bearing it as one's treasure will not win one anyone's favours; one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone's camp... Beauty is the word that shall be our first.

Tags: Beauty, Everyone, Win

The first attempt at a response: there must have been a fall, a decline, and the road to salvation can only be the return of the sensible finite into the intelligible infinite.

Tags: Fall, Road, Sensible

The work with which we embark on this first volume of a series of theological studies is a work with which the philosophical person does not begin, but rather concludes.

Tags: Begin, Rather, Work

To be sure, the response of faith to revelation, which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love, occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature that provides the response, with its own nature and its natural powers of love.

Tags: Faith, Love, Nature

Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by the New Testament from the center, in order to replace it, for example, with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center, no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.

Tags: Faith, Jesus, Social
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