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First Principles

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/9780198270287.003.0007

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

First Principles

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Karl Rahner has been inconsistent when referring to his notion of an experience of God because, at times, he would justify this as a unique and identifiable experience, while at other times, he would relate this experience with other such experiences. This chapter focuses on how Rahner's interpretation of Ignatian theology represents a system of knowledge that is grounded on a certain ‘first principle’ that, when doubted, may cause the entire system to be questioned. This chapter adopts an interpretation of Rahner's general Ignatian theology on the experiential knowledge of God wherein there exists an ‘experiential realization’ that shows how events are symbolic and are part of a whole scheme.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; experiential realization; experiential knowledge; God

Chapter.  12478 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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