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Sacramentality and the Word in Rahner and Chauvet

By Rhodora E. Beaton

Publication Year: 2014

The twentieth century witnessed renewed interest in a Roman Catholic theology of the word. The contributions of Karl Rahner and sacramental theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet demonstrate the Roman Catholic conviction that the word is fundamentally sacramental: it has the capacity to bear God’s presence to humanity.

.Rhodora Beaton examines the work of Rahner and Chauvet to articulate the relationship between word and sacrament within the context of language, culture, and an already graced world as the place of divine self-expression, and analyzes the implications for Trinitarian theology, sacramentality, liturgy, and action.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Series: Emerging Scholars


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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

I am grateful to the many people who have supported my work on this project. I would like especially to thank my dissertation director, mentor, and friend, Mary Catherine Hilkert, for her incisive questions and suggestions and for memorable conversations in coffee shops around South Bend. I am also most...

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pp. 1-20

The twentieth century witnessed a profound shift in Roman Catholic sacramental thought and a growing interest in the sacramentality of the word. This resurgence of interest, while consistent with the Christian tradition as articulated by both Catholic and Protestant theologians, comes against the...

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A Foundation for the Sacramentality of the Word

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pp. 21-50

The mystery of God’s presence with and relationship to humanity is at the heart of theological discourse. This presence is often analyzed according to two different approaches: the revelatory communication of God on the one hand and the sacramental presence of God on the other. In this chapter we turn...

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Reformation Theologies of the Word

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pp. 51-106

Roman Catholic theologians seeking a more adequate theology of the word can profitably turn to the work of Reformation theologians Martin Luther and John Calvin. Each influenced by the work of Augustine, Luther and Calvin are interested in the ways in which language, particularly scriptural and sacramental...

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Karl Rahner’s Contributions to a Roman Catholic Theology of the Word

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pp. 107-142

Writing shortly after the Second Vatican Council, Karl Rahner, in an essay titled, “What is a Sacrament?” observed: “It is in fact correct to say that in Catholic theology, if we abstract from a few events in recent years, there has been hardly any developed theology of the word at all.”1 Rahner’s statement...

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Louis-Marie Chauvet’s Contributions to a Roman Catholic Theology of the Word

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pp. 143-176

The Catholic tradition has a long history of appreciation for the sacramentality of the created world. Natural beauty is easily recognized as an expression of the glory of God. The work of French theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet builds on this tradition to recognize the sacramentality of human language and culture,...

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pp. 177-192

As the preceding chapters indicate, the Christian tradition offers contemporary theologians a rich tapestry depicting the many ways in which God’s grace has been recognized as effective in the world. In the history of the theological tradition, some have focused on the word of God, preserved in the scriptures...


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pp. 193-208


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pp. 209-213

Back Cover

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pp. BC-BC

E-ISBN-13: 9781451472400
E-ISBN-10: 1451472404
Print-ISBN-13: 9781451469257
Print-ISBN-10: 145146925x

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Emerging Scholars
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OCLC Number: 880354711
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