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Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Twentieth-Century Catholic Currents on the Trinity

Vincent Holzer

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Twentieth-Century Catholic Currents on the Trinity

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This article examines developments in Catholic theology on the Trinity, focusing on the thoughts and works of Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar. It argues that Rahner's and von Balthasar's Trinitarian theology arose from a more fully historical theology of grace derived from Maurice Blondel. It explains that Rahner and von Balthasar attempted to reintegrate the more abstract notion of the divine essence into the historical revelation of the Trinity: Rahner through the self-communication of God rooted in the gracious dynamism that is our created spiritual existence and von Balthasar through his Trinitarian dramatics in which the Son undergoes the wrath of the Father for us.

Keywords: Trinity; Catholic theology; Karl Rahner; Hans Urs von Balthasar; theology of grace; Maurice Blondel; gracious dynamism; spiritual existence

Article.  7031 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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