Fragments, Foundations, and Bearings

Philip Endean

in Karl Rahner and Ignatian Spirituality

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683961 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Fragments, Foundations, and Bearings

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Because Karl Rahner failed when he submitted his doctoral thesis in philosophy in 1936, his superiors tasked him to teach dogmatic theology rather than his original assignment of teaching philosophy. In that same year, he submitted a second doctoral thesis; this time though, it was on theology. During that time, Rahner experienced not just a transition from being a student to being a teacher, but also a shift from philosophy to theology. Rahner did not only begin to show interest in Jesuit tradition, he was also accepted into the Society of Jesus; Rahner, then, articulated a rediscovery and retrieval of Ignatius Loyola's insights. This chapter introduces Karl Rahner's theology in relation to Ignatian spiritual tradition. This study presents the theology in Rahner's interpretation of the Exercises, and therefore explains why Ignatius became his most significant influence.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; philosophy; theology; Jesuit; Society of Jesus; Ignatius Loyola; Exercises

Chapter.  4584 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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