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Conclusion

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/9780198269557.003.0009
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Karl Rahner’s ecclesiology. It was shown that Rahner has managed to combine an openness to change with a deep commitment to that which forged the Church’s identity. He has also united both a respect for human sciences with a consistently Catholic theology. His ecclesiology both challenges and encourages, and esteems the past and offers hope for the future. This chapter also evaluates whether Rahner’s ecclesiology has contributed positively to the Church’s self-understanding using four tests.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; ecclesiology; openness; Church identity; sciences; Catholic theology

Chapter.  3475 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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