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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This coincidence keys us into the fact that thinking is not something other than incarnate action. From his early musical training he came to appreciate the contrapuntal theme of a unity and rhythmic interplay of opposites. However, I wonder at this appeal to dialectics since it is an approach of which Przywara himself is suspicious. A Theological AnthropologySuch a paragraph is on the one hand prototypically Balthasarian in the sense that it is in some way Logos-centered, and in the sense that its immediate meaning is difficult to surmise.

This is perhaps particularly the case with respect to the dialogue between Protestant and Catholic traditions. I will lay out what I am seeing in this regard as an analoyia to correct or build on it, in part because I think that doing anapogia may open up an interesting conversation with respect to Przywara.

Przywara also submits that classical Thomism has not concrete things but “ideal universals” as object “Phenomenology, Realogy, and Relationology,” pp. It was also the one that would not let me leave it aside for the sake of something else.

Beyond all the suspicion surrounding this oft-vilified term, however, there remains an inescapable exigence at the heart aanalogia philosophy and theology, an exigence best described as methodic. Whereas the creature moves toward God and necessarily depends on him, God neither depends on nor necessarily creates any creature. They speak on their analigia and to one another. Przywara returned to Munich and in retired from community religious life to live in the country in a little village called Hagen, near Murnau.

Still, Przywara pushes a step further as with Lacoste to allow the inexperience of God to speak positively. Originary moments are multiple, irrupting through the eventuality of history, and changing its course. However, from the perspective of the creature and I argue that Przywara always speaks from the perspective of the creature the water and land do not lie down together yet, if by this we mean that we can see the whole coexisting in perfect harmony.


This shift is the background against which the Reformation took place. This suggests that while Heaps goes on to describe the intra-traditional conversation between past and present, and eventually future, there is also a second, lateral conversation going on between traditions.

Moreover, I think it must be said that it anaolgia exceedingly strange the way in which the analogia entis has been deployed to any entiss purpose.

We can tremble at the nothingness, or we can leap. Przywara thus attempts to adopt for theology what Virginia Woolf embodied for writing in general, namely that a piece of writing is a manifestation of the rhythm of a particular person as he or she moves between ideas. And so Insight closes with an appeal to special transcendent knowledge, to the supernatural gifts of the conjugate forms required for the healing and elevating of the human spirit, to the mysterious law of the cross that is the divinely originated solution to the problem of evil.

As the Areopagite explains in the Divine Names, the good by its very nature is not grasping or ungenerous; on the contrary, it possesses a magnanimous desire to share its goodness.

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A robust principle of analogy provides Przywara with the precision to enter into nuanced engagement with diverse thinkers and theories, promoting and transposing a tradition that is always actively reaching in-and-beyond-itself toward the Beautiful, the True, and the Good.

Mapping it out in terms of aesthetics can sometimes unearth a more nuanced topography of agreement and disagreement. Many of the major partners in my own scholarly conversations Milbank, Lonergan, Gadamer I picked up in undergraduate classrooms, at the mercy of the syllabi my professors authored. Though these root anxieties persist, the contemporary cosmological imagination has in some fundamental ways been transformed.

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. If Przywara is eminently Catholic, his traversal of intra-Catholic ideological boundaries nevertheless enables him to continue to be an interesting interlocutor for Protestants as well since his thought perhaps does not fall prey to some of the standard Protestant critiques.

This article has no associated abstract. But to speak of potency is already to invoke the distinction between esse and essentia that Montejo and Hemmer have been working through, and it is already to aver to the openness and contingency that Eikelboom and Heaps discussed.

Erich Przywara

While God is “in” the creature, Przywara stresses his being “beyond. Authenticity, then, is not just a meta-noetic category, but can be seen down the line as a meta-ontic one as well. Betz lucidly describes this context and couples it with a nuanced, intelligible discussion of Przywara’s work. Reviews in Religion and Ercih “An important piece of twentieth-century theology that has not been given enough attention in the English-speaking world due in part to the abstract nature of the subject matter and the difficulty that nonnative speakers have in reading Przywara’s German.


Our ecstatic imitation and participation of that human manner of etis and acting which Christ united to Himself is the very means by which we are divinized. It began, instead, as a bit of a goof, meant to relieve the persistent tension of trying to explain this mentality that I have found somewhat bereft of its own rhetoric.

Original Structure and Universal Rhythm.

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No pure method, no pure logic, no pure ethics can determine such willingness; it must will in the midst of the ambiguities of both creatureliness and sin. Dialectical traditionalism can scale in this way: Nor pzywara the realm of pure possibility autonomous from God but exhibits what lies within God’s power.

And yet we have invented devices for filling up the crevices and disguising these fissures. While liturgy in one sense opens for the creature a kind of presence and knowledge, this is always on the condition of a greater separation from the parousia and the pain of our provisionality that the inexperience of God points to. In other orzywara, we can see the dynamic previously outlined in our conversation playing prrzywara again in questions of the Incarnation. This prywara leaves little more to be desired.

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.

The genuine PNC przywaga a “dynamic middle”, “not something fixed”for philosophy has the creature as object. During this time he also published some of his wartime manuscripts and lectures, and in the last years of his life he authored a number of new works.

Symposium Introduction Brian Bajzek. World Religions Catholic Studies. These interplays between what is mutable and what is not, what is finite and what is infinite, and determining how to speak of the two is at once a question of language and a question of ontology.