Marcion and Prometheus
Marcion and Prometheus

Marcion and Prometheus

Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins from Modern Religious Dialogue


248 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: May 2014

ISBN 9780824520168

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Highlighting the dangerous tendency among the humanist critics of Christianity to dismiss or “debunk” the religious claims of historic Judaism, this study defends the importance of Jewish revelation and seeks to build a bridge between conservative Christians and faithful Jews. In doing so, it clarifies the uniqueness and historical claims of Christianity, especially in the context of interreligious dialogue. The book grounds itself in the thought of Swiss theologian and priest Hans Urs von Balthasar, who argued that the Western modernist dismissal of Jewish religious was a reinvention of the historical heresy of Marcionism, which rejected the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament God. The book contends that for genuine, effective interreligious dialogue to occur, there must be more respect for Jewish origins.


"This brilliant book is a contribution not only to von Balthasar scholarship, but also to the wider world of interreligious dialogue. . . . A stunning achievement."  —David Tracy, author, Dialogue with the Other: The Inter-Religious Dialogue

"Sciglitano offers here a rich and penetrating interpretation of Balthasar's vision of the grandeur of creation. . . . With this timely and highly readable book, Sciglitano incisively displays both the vitality of Balthasar's vast biblical and theological vistas and, most importantly, their exceptional pertinence for contemporary thought and culture."  —Rev. Thomas G. Guarino, professor of systematic theology, Seton Hall University

Author Biography

Anthony Sciglitano is an associate professor in, and the chair of, the department of religion at Seton Hall University, as well as the director of the university core curriculum housed in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. His areas of focus are theological hermeneutics; theology, religion, and secularism; theology of religions; and fundamental religion. He has published articles in Modern Theology and the journal Pro-Ecclesia, which focuses on Catholic–Evangelical dialogue. He lives in Morris Plains, New Jersey