Every living thing…everything that happens, is full of His presence. But we grow in our sense of His fullness only in the measure that we do not equate Him with any created thing or circumstance, that is, in the measure that we stand at an ultimate distance from every particular shining of His face. He is the one who lights up before us when we stand at a distance, and who lights up before us to urge us on. He is the infinite light that becomes ever more distant the closer we come to Him. Every finding is the beginning of a new searching. Unless you were a contemporary or are a German scholar, the name Erich Przywara, S.
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Every living thing…everything that happens, is full of His presence. But we grow in our sense of His fullness only in the measure that we do not equate Him with any created thing or circumstance, that is, in the measure that we stand at an ultimate distance from every particular shining of His face. He is the one who lights up before us when we stand at a distance, and who lights up before us to urge us on.
He is the infinite light that becomes ever more distant the closer we come to Him. Every finding is the beginning of a new searching. Unless you were a contemporary or are a German scholar, the name Erich Przywara, S. He lived from in Kattowitz, which is located within the borders of Poland. His life mirrors those of the millennial generation; he was born in a decade before the start of a new millennium, one that underwent great cultural changes.
But the culture was not simply pluralistic, but viewed as hostile. Kattowitz and much of Poland were under political surveillance, scrutinizing every religious practice under the name of Catholicism. After the Franco-Prussian war, Bismarck stripped any and all power the Catholic Church had in the public sphere of Germany, leaving Protestant offices in charge of Catholic affairs. Eventually, an agreement was had between Rome and Berlin, but the ties between nations were nearly severed.
However, the effects of the Franco-Prussian victory still pervaded, and the anti-Jesuit laws of compelled Przywara to Holland in order to begin his novitiate.
He was ordained into the priesthood by , returning home to Kattowitz for his first mass. And though it was a celebration, it was also an eye-opener to the suffering and devastation that the Great War had left behind. Just as students at Loyola learn theory for the sake of praxis, Przywara inched his life toward tying the two more closely together. This attention becomes a parallel, maybe even the foundation, to his work connecting the disparities between the Church and the World, Jesus the man and God the Being , the physical and the spiritual.
Przywara began his writing career within the time of his novitiate, publishing for the first time in a hymnal and again in a collection of essays on the Eucharist. Eventually, as we know from bibliographical sources, Przywara had over publications and around 50 books. He wrote well into the s, beginning the first volume of Analogia Entis , where he philosophizes the analogy between God and creation.
His eventual death was not left forgotten, commemorated by his many friends and contemporaries through essays and books about his life and career. If there is anything to learn from Przywara and the intensities that he lived through, it is that great cultural changes are always just around the corner, asking of our participation.
His life provides one of the basic tenets of learning history—to learn from those in the past, whether they were mistakes or successes. Przywara becomes a point in history for us to reflect on, taking into consideration our own cultural systems and how we should move forward with them, if at all.
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The publication of Erich Przywara's Analogia Entis is a major, welcome event, especially in the English speaking theological world. Przywara's work, which engaged theological and philosophical traditions from Plato to Heidegger, from Dionysius and Augustine to Aquinas, influenced Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Rahner; it resonates with the thought of Radical Orthodoxy and that of Jean-Luc Marion. Despite these influences and resonances, few English-speaking readers have studied Przywara. This edition leaves little more to be desired. It includes not only the classic monograph Analogia Entis , but also over pages of Przywara's later relevant essays, and John Betz's finely crafted page Introduction.
He is best known for synthesizing the thought of prominent thinkers around the notion of the analogy of being, the tension between divine immanence and divine transcendence, a "unity-in-tension". Przywara pron. Due to anti-Jesuit laws still in effect in Germany, in he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Exaten , Netherlands, concluding his philosophical and theological studies at nearby Ignatius College in Valkenburg. From to Przywara taught at Stella Matutina , in Feldkirch , Austria, where he also served as the prefect of music. In he was ordained and in he moved to Munich, where from he was part of the editorial team of the journal Stimmen der Zeit. During this period, Przywara held hundreds of lectures all over central Europe, most famously at the Davos seminar in and
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