Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Gary D. Badcock


This thesis explores the relationship between divine silence and the Word within the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The idea of a kenotic distancing silence is discussed within the dialogic relations between the Father and his Word and traced from utterance in the immanent Trinity, through sending in the economy of salvation, to dying and descent into hell in the cross event. It is proposed that this distancing silence is part of the Father's generation of the Son to be his dialogue partner and, furthermore, may be seen continuing in the economy of salvation as part of God's offer to include humanity in the intratrinitarian dialogue of love.



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