A World of Grace
An Introduction to the Themes and Foundations of Karl Rahner's Theology
Publication Year: 1995
Organized as a companion volume to Karl Rahner's master work, Foundations of Christian Faith, this book, now again available, also provides the most useful introduction to his theology as a whole. Each chapter presents a broad commentary on the corresponding chapter of Foundations, beginning with Rahner's method and anthropology and concluding with his theology of the church and eschatology. It includes a separate chapter on Rahner's moral thought. Valuable for classroom or individual use, this volume provides questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading, and an extensive glossary of specialized terminology.
Published by: Georgetown University Press
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WE live in a world that is growing at the same time ever closer andyet further apart. On the one hand there are astonishing new technolo-gies for communication and travel, for industry and leisure. We can dial abusiness call direct to another continent. On American television we cansee a baby being born tomorrow in Japan. Raw materials once imported...
1 THEOLOGY IN A NEW KEY
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...theology. This leads us to an overview of how he sees the situa-tion of the human person before God. It also addresses the rela-A,,LL scientific inquiry, however advanced and complex it becomes,has its deepest roots in the simple human reality of curiosity and won-der, in what Aristotle long ago called our common "desire to know."...
2 STARTING WITH THE HUMAN
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A,LLL of us are mysteries to ourselves, our most familiar mystery. Thequestion that each of us asks, the question that each of us is, endures asthe mystery of our lives from childhood to old age and death. It is thehuman question, the question of the person. It is the question to whichThe texture and shape of any theology is most clearly suggested by its...
3 WITHIN THE HOLY MYSTERY
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The constant questioning in human experience leads us to talk ofGod—-for God is the context of all reality and experience. TheThe atmosphere around and within everything I grasp or love. The mys-tery which human beings call God—and even as a word, God is ines-We do not make our language. We are born into it. Much more does...
4 THE BONDS OF FREEDOM
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...goal of this freedom are characterized here as nothing less thanthe totality of our lives in union with God. In the process of try-ing to arrive at this goal, we are confronted with a fundamentalof ourselves. In this option, the power of original sin in us isWH'HEN converts to Christianity recount the story of their passage from...
5 THE INVITATION OF GRACE
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Rahner's vision of the relationship between God and the world iscentered in his theology of grace. He sees grace primarily as theoffer of God's own life to humanity, an offer which promises ful-fillment to what is most fundamental in our experience. This con-1HE Christian message is in principle quite simple: It is the gospel of...
6 A HISTORY OF GRACE
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K,^ARL Rahner enjoys questions. His writings and his lectures oftenFrom 1965 I remember the first day of one of his courses in Munich.The semester's series of lectures bore quite a general title, and so wewondered just precisely what topics Rahner would treat during those au-tumn months. That first day Rahner spent three hours not by lecturing...
7 DISCOVERING JESUS CHRIST: A HISTORY WE SHARE
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In the first of two essays on Christology, the distinction betweenplained, and the first of these is discussed. Starting with living1OR almost two thousand years Christians have made an extraordinaryclaim. From the millions of persons who have lived and died on thisearth, one, they maintain, Jesus of Nazareth, is the key and center of all...
8 ANTICIPATING JESUS CHRIST: AN ACCOUNT OF OUR HOPE
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"Essential" or transcendental Christology relates our historical faith in Jesus to the transcendence ingredient in our concrete human experience. In Jesus, God has united human experience and God's self-giving love, for in Jesus the two are made one. ...
9 ON BEING CHRISTIAN—TOGETHER
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This essay discusses the Church as the collected gathering of allthose blessed with faith to see God acting in Jesus Christ. SevenIvIDING subways or buses in our busy cities affords countless oppor-tunities to indulge in that fascinating pastime, people watching. And ifwe also keep our ears open, especially near youngsters, we can learn...
10 THE REALISM OF CHRISTIAN LIFE
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Rahner's reflection on the daily life of Christians is distinguishedtraditional Catholic sacraments are here interpreted in this con-K,^ARL Rahner's theology never wanders far from concrete Christianlife. Analyses that at first seem abstract or merely speculative turn out toblaze new light on prayer or pastoral care. In the eighth chapter of...
11 THE HOPE FOR HUMANITY
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Traditional teaching on the ' 'four last things'' —death, judgment,they relate to his thought on Christ and humanity and also draw-1 remember hearing once from a New York psychoanalyst that afterreading an essay I had written on the doctrine of hell, he could at lastreconcile his scientific training with his religious faith. For him the no-...
12 AN ETHICS OF FAITH
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K,.ARL Rahner's impact on systematic theology is widely acknowl-edged, but he has only begun to influence the field of ethics. Ethiciansanalyze human action to determine when it is to be called good andwhen evil; above all, they try to develop arguments to explain and sup-port their analysis. Particularly if they work within religious traditions...
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Theological Investigations 1: God, Christ, Mary and Grace. London: Dar-Theological Investigations 2: Man in the Church. London: Darton, LongmanTheological Investigations 3: The Theology of the Spiritual Life. London:Theological Investigations 4: More Recent Writings. London: Darton, Long-Theological Investigations 5: Later Writings. London: Darton, Longman &...
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Absolute savior (absolute bearer of salvation): the person in whom we have theunambiguous pledge of God's irrevocable commitment to us in self-givinglove. Because such a person embodies the offer and acceptance of God'sself-gift in an absolutely decisive way and inaugurates the Kingdom, he mustbe one with God in a union which is unsurpassable and irrevocable. See pp....
Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 1995