By Leo O'Donovan
Geared up as a spouse quantity to Karl Rahner's grasp paintings, Foundations of Christian Faith, this e-book, now back to be had, additionally offers the main beneficial advent to his theology as a complete. each one bankruptcy offers a huge statement at the corresponding bankruptcy of Foundations, starting with Rahner's approach and anthropology and concluding together with his theology of the church and eschatology. It contains a separate bankruptcy on Rahner's ethical suggestion. useful for school room or person use, this quantity offers questions for dialogue, feedback for additional analyzing, and an intensive word list of specialised terminology.
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But since he works with the presuppositions of the revealed message of Christianity, he also clearly uses the discipline of theology. He asks, in short, what light can be shed on the question of the human person by an analysis of what the Christian message presumes as true Page 18 about that person, each one of us. " When theology at a first level of reflection addresses the whole of human experience, in its public and private, individual and social, obvious and mysterious aspects, it is not always possible to preserve precise distinctions between philosophy and theology.
Everything that is really human can be a "channel of grace," a finite mediation of our relationship to God. Rahner's use of transcendental categories has given him a common framework within which to link the past with the present, and also to link the variety of religions and cultures in our own contemporary world, and, finally, to unify the "religious" and "secular" moments within our single human existence. Now there is one further step he must take to prevent the misuse of transcendental method and an idealistic misunderstanding of it.
Foundations opens with an Introduction on method, and we too begin there, with an essay by William V. , who has so expertly translated Foundations. (Readers who prefer to postpone ques- Page xii tions of method may wish to read this chapter last rather than first; such questions are often more interesting after one has seen how a method is actually used. , from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, then introduces Rahner's crucial views on the human person. Michael J. , of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, considers next the absolute mystery toward which all human life is directed.