WORD AND SILENCE: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West

The purpose of this course is to explore Raymond Gawronski’s volume Word and Silence on Hans Urs von Balthasar’s spiritual theology and the Swiss theologian’s treatment of the points of contact between early Christian spirituality and the mystical practices of Eastern religions. The course will primarily consist of a close reading of Fr. Gawronski’s text, accompanied by occasional secondary readings.


Course starts Thursday, October 7th, 2021, and continue for EIGHT consecutive Thursdays.

No Class on Thursday, November 25th, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

All classes will be held at 5:30–7:30 PM (Pacific Time), unless otherwise specified.

About Instructor

Thomas Cattoi

Thomas Cattoi, a native of Italy, studied economics and philosophy at Oxford and London Universities before completing a PhD in Systematic and Comparative Theology at Boston College. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, where he teaches classes on Buddhist-Christian dialogue, Christology, and early Christian theology and spirituality. He has led a number of theological immersions to India and Nepal and lectured at different Chinese universities under the auspices of the Malatesta foundation. He is the author of Divine Contingency: Theologies of Divine Embodiment in Maximos the Confessor and Tsong kha pa, 2009; Theologies of the Sacred Image in Theodore the Studite and Bokar Rinpoche, forthcoming; and a number of journal articles in Buddhist-Christian studies. He presently serves as professor of Theology at Santa Clara University where he sits as the Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue.

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  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate