The Open Church and the Future


in The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269557
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683695 | DOI:
The Open Church and the Future

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This chapter examines Karl Rahner’s thoughts on how openness could reshape the Church in the future. Rahner maintained the conviction that the history of the Church could not be considered as complete and he was committed to the idea that the Church was an open system guided by the spirit. This chapter analyses Rahner’s notion of the open Church by contrasting it with its antithesis: the closed Church of the Pian period. It also describes the specific changes Rahner envisages including the role of authority in the Church, the shape of ministry, and the relationship between the Church and the world.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; open Church; ministry; openness; authority; ecclesiology

Chapter.  18493 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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