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The Mystical and the Gracious

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/9780198270287.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Mystical and the Gracious

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Karl Rahner's interests expanded from the history of spirituality to speculative theology. In doing so, he was able to use Bonaventure's and Evagrius's understanding of the ‘immediate knowledge of God’ for the renewal of Christian theology, stressing how one also learns to accept the reality of grace in realizing the immediate experience of God. Through defining ‘mysticism’ as an indication of an experience of grace and pointing out how such experiences are not to be distinguished with experiences wherein God is supposedly absent, this chapter examines how Rahner's claims about the relation of grace with experience and human nature were established. It also evaluates how spirituality and theology can be integrated to allow the understanding of God's self-revelation in human experience.

Keywords: theology; human nature; grace; experience; God; mysticism; spirituality

Chapter.  15214 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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