By Leo O'Donovan
Equipped as a significant other quantity to Karl Rahner's grasp paintings, "Foundations of Christian Faith", this publication, now back to be had, additionally presents the main important advent to his theology as an entire. every one bankruptcy offers a wide remark at the corresponding bankruptcy of Foundations, starting with Rahner's process and anthropology and concluding along with his theology of the church and eschatology. It contains a separate bankruptcy on Rahner's ethical concept. invaluable for school room or person use, this quantity offers questions for dialogue, feedback for extra interpreting, and an intensive thesaurus of specialised terminology.
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Extra info for A World of Grace: An Introduction to the Themes and Foundations of Karl Rahner's Theology
Transcendental Christology does not attempt to prove what happened, but to understand what happened in its universal significance. Just as the real potentialities of sound are not actual and known until a Beethoven creates his music, so too the real potentialities of human existence are not actual and known until they are actualized in a concrete, historical person. But once this truth is done and achieved and thereby known, in this event there is disclosed a new vision of all human existence, a new hope for everything human.
To express the universal nature of Page 13 the grace, salvation, and revelation Christians find in the life of Jesus, Rahner develops a transcendental theology of grace. " This supernatural existential is not a "thing," but a concept used to explain how it belongs to concrete human existence to be called to what transcends our existence, to life with God. Hence grace is an "existential" as we used that term earlier in reference to self-presence, freedom and transcendence. If it is, then all people were created from the very beginning for grace; it belongs to the very essence of concrete human nature to be called to grace, to be able to find God in the particularities of all history.
Discussion of the question would be helped by a reading of "The Faith of the Christian and the Doctrine of the Church," Theological Investigations 14, pp. 2446. Page 17 2 Starting with the Human Anne E. Carr Discussion of Rahner's thought should begin at his own starting point: human experience as a whole. This look at Rahner's anthropology, his understanding of the human, analyzes five basic dimensions of our experience: subjectivity or personhood, the horizon of knowledge, freedom and responsibility, salvation in history, and dependence.
A World of Grace: An Introduction to the Themes and Foundations of Karl Rahner's Theology by Leo O'Donovan