Erich Przywara, S.J. (–), is one of the important Catholic intellectuals of the twentieth century. Yet, in the English-speaking world Przywara rema. Karl Barth, and the German Jesuit, Erich exchanges between these two confessional spokesmen have been regarded as the most important. In his study of metaphysics, Analogia entis, Erich Przywara presents service ( Dienst) as the link between the analogy of being and a vision of human nature as .

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Literature Analysis and Cri Original Structure and Universal Rhythm. Alasdair MacIntyre — University of Notre Dame “The publication of this excellent translation of Erich Przywara’s difficult and contentious book is an important event. Analogia Entis poses an inescapable problem for theologians, that of how we must understand the relationship of God’s being to human beings in order for us to be able to talk about God.

Przywara was a notable influence on some of the greatest Przywaraa and Catholic theologians of the twentieth century.

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We need to learn from him if we are to understand them. John Milbank — University of Nottingham “At last English readers have available a translation of one of the great masterworks of twentieth-century theology and philosophy, giving them a much better sense of the course of both Catholic and Protestant thought since the inter-war period.

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John Betz and David Bentley Hart have done a remarkable job of rendering Przywara’s Analogia Entis into highly readable English without losing any of the sense or nuances of the German original. Finally, his magnum opus, Analogia Entisis available in lucid English prose — an intellectual event of the first order.

David Burrell — University of Notre Dame “Be prepared to let a predilection for poetry spice austere argument, to retrieve the pristine dynamic of analogy as Aquinas invariably used it to render philosophy as a handmaid of faith. The excellent introduction will prove necessary reading. Reviews in Religion and Theology “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.

Przywara’s approach to the doctrine of the analogia entis is both highly original as well as based on tradition.

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It is therefore in its own right an important piece of theology, but as an influence on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Rahner, and as Karl Barth’s primary Catholic interlocutor, Przywara’s theology is also important for understanding the moves made in twentieth-century theology more generally.


This English translation of Analogia Entis will facilitate such access and hopefully bring Przywara into a more prominent place in discussions surrounding twentieth-century theology. Horizons “The translators are to be congratulated for having resurrected this treasure of a book so well and for giving it a new life in English at the junction of philosophy and theology we have come to.

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Literature Theology Apocrypha and Pseu Logos Series Your favorite Eerdmans titles can be purchased through leading retailers including Amazon. This volume includes Przywara’s groundbreaking Analogia Entisoriginally published inand his subsequent essays on the concept analogia entis — the analogy between God and creation — przywafa has currency in philosophical and theological circles today.