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Balthasar, Hans Urs von
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(Aug 12, 1905, Lucerne – Jun 26, 1988, Basel), Catholic theologian (cardinal May 28, 1988) and philosopher of religion. He played an important role as a mediator between literature, philosophy, and theology, while being a critical observer of interconfessional dialogue. He was a very prolific author (85 books, over 500 essays), translator (approx. 100 translations from the Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian), and the founder of several secular associations, of a publishing house (Johannes-Verlag, Einsiedeln), and a journal (Communio).

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Grätzel, Stephan, “Balthasar, Hans Urs von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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