10. On Reading Rahner in A New Century

Leo J. O'Donovan

in Finding God in All Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228089
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236954 | DOI:
10. On Reading Rahner in A New Century

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This chapter attempts to answer the question of why Karl Rahner is a necessary companion for theological reflection in the coming decades. Contrary to the usual classification of Rahner as a theologian engaged with modernity, the chapter argues that Rahner more rightly qualifies as a postmodern theologian, claiming that there is an explicit critique of modernity traced throughout his oeuvre. It analyzes more closely five pivotal interpretive issues in Rahner's thought: his understanding of human knowledge; the priority he gives to love and freedom; his understanding of the fundamental interrelatedness of God, self, and community; his importance for a new understanding of Christian praxis; and, finally, the dialectical method he commends to us individually and as a community. Taken together, these questions are decisive in reading Rahner as a theologian for the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; modernity; knowledge; God; freedom; self; love; community; Christian praxis

Chapter.  7026 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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