The Consummation of the World's History of Freedom

Morwenna Ludlow

in Universal Salvation

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270225
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600661 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 The Consummation of the World's History of Freedom

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This chapter recapitulates some of the themes of Ch. 6––decision, freedom, grace––at the collective rather than the individual level. This involves examining what Karl Rahner means by individual, the body, and the unity of human nature. The question of to what extent humanity as a whole can be said to make a free decision for God leads to reflection on the nature of the collective Christian task in working towards a world of greater peace, justice, and love. Rahner distinguishes this task from worldly ideologies and utopianianism, by emphasizing that humans are only at most co‐creators of the future world with God. The chapter concludes by connecting these ideas with Rahner's notions of resurrection, the beatific vision, and the parousia.

Keywords: body; creation; freedom; grace; human nature; ideology; parousia; resurrection; utopianism; world

Chapter.  11550 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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