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The Immediate Experience of God

Philip Endean

in Karl Rahner and Ignatian Spirituality

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780198270287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270287.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Immediate Experience of God

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Karl Rahner expounded on how he associated Ignatius with ‘the immediate experience of God’, an experience that is said to be deeper than the encounter with God experienced through prayer of Church structures. This chapter focuses on Rahner's belief that God can be experienced ‘immediately’ and discusses how this ‘immediate experience’ is explained as a detachment from one's own survival through analyzing ‘Ignatius of Loyola Speaks to a Modern Jesuit’ and incorporating ideas from some of Rahner's other influences. Rahner uses the concept of ‘spiritual theology’ to reinstate the theology of grace or the Christian interpretation of humanity as something that utilizes nature and God's relation with the world.

Keywords: experience; immediate experience; God; spiritual theology; grace; humanity; Ignatius; Karl Rahner

Chapter.  8694 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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