‘The Shock of the New’: The Church and the Twentieth Century


in The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269557
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683695 | DOI:
‘The Shock of the New’: The Church and the Twentieth Century

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This chapter examines Karl Rahner’s understanding of the relationship between history and Church in the 20th century. Rahner was aware that the Church needed to respond to the challenge of the 20th century, which was considered the era of future shock. This awareness led him to regard change in the Church not only as a theoretical possibility but as an urgent necessity. It also inspired him to write a major theological reflection on history and to develop his proposals for major changes in the internal working of the Church and in its relationship with the world.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; history; Church; 20th century; theological reflection

Chapter.  9272 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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