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Faith and Authority in a Pluralist Age

RICHARD LENNAN

in The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269557
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269557.003.0007
Faith and Authority in a Pluralist Age

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This chapter examines Karl Rahner’s view concerning the impact of pluralism on the possibility of belief in God. Rahner considered the essence of pluralism to be the existence of a variety of possible knowledge that no individual could completely integrate into a unified world-picture. Pluralism led to the proliferation of world-views, which in turn changed the Christian world-view where God was no longer universally invoked as proximate and the ultimate explanation of everything. Rahner explored the shift away from a God-centred view of reality looking at the ideas of secularization, which refer to the process of interpreting the world in other than theistic terms.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; pluralism; God; world-views; secularization; religious history

Chapter.  15752 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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