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The Decision of Faith

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/9780198270287.003.0010

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Decision of Faith

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One thing common to the Ignatian experience and to everyday Christianity is that they both lead to self-evidence; the same process is required in attaining the Ignatian experience and deciding to believe in the Christian faith. One must have an understanding of analysis fidei or the relationship between absolute commitment of faith and the reasonability for someone to have such a commitment. By further analyzing the Ignatian notion of the experience of God, this chapter examines the relationship between Ignatian discernment and fundamental theology. Rahner proposes an ‘indirect method’ for establishing a rational basis for Christian faith that is supported by passages from his work entitled Hearer of the Word. This chapter also shows how Ignatius was able to establish his faith through his first-hand experiences of Christianity.

Keywords: Ignatius; Ignatian discernment; faith; Christianity; analysis fidei; God; fundamental theology; Christian

Chapter.  6595 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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