In Love Alone is Credible, when Balthasar talks about revelation becoming a “mere outward shell,” what does he mean and why is he worried about it—in essence, what is his concern with regard to God?
Quotation: The cosmological horizon no longer serves to provide evidence for Christianity, but has instead absorbed Christianity into itself and left no trace. It now becomes possible…to abandon the genuine difference between nature and the supernatural in the concept of revelation. …Revelation, in this sense, becomes a mere outward shell covering the inner religious dimension of mankind. (28-9)
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In terms of Hans Urs von Balthasar's quotation, we should first look to the definition of "cosmological," which is a form of "cosmology." Its definition is...
...the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe...
Many, perhaps all, early cosmologies or descriptions of the structure of the world were anthropocentric (focused on the role and fate of human beings) and they envisioned a universe subject to whims of gods.
As the Earth has been increasingly displaced from the center of the universe and observed phenomena have been increasingly brought under the rule of natural physical laws, humankind's relationship with and understanding of God has required revisions.
...has instead absorbed Christianity into itself and left no trace...
...God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
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