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Revelation, Christ, and Fundamental Theology: David Brown and Karl Rahner in Dialogue

Richard Viladesau

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0003
Revelation, Christ, and Fundamental Theology: David Brown and Karl Rahner in Dialogue

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David Brown's theology of a continuing revelation that includes an aesthetic component poses a particular set of problems for both Christology and fundamental or philosophical theology — specifically for the attempt to discern the reasons of credibility of Christian faith. Is the idea of a divine ‘incarnation’ rationally credible at all? In what way is the ongoing process of revelation related to the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth? What criteria are there for judging the sometimes contradictory ‘trajectories’ of tradition, including those of Christian art? This article suggests that a comparison of Brown's idea of revelation with the fundamental theology of Karl Rahner discloses a number of complementarities and indicates possible directions for responses to such questions. It also points out difficulties that arise, especially regarding art as a theological locus, and indicates further questions that may be put to both Rahner and Brown.

Keywords: Rahner; David Brown; fundamental theology; philosophical theology; revelation; Jesus Christ; history; art; credibility; rationality

Chapter.  6363 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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