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The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner


  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521540452 | ISBN-10: 0521540453)

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Karl Rahner (1904-1984) was one of the most significant theological voices of the twentieth century. For many his theology symbolizes the Catholic Church's entry into modernity. Part of his enduring appeal lies in his ability to reflect on a variety of issues in theology and spirituality and direct this plurality into a few basic convictions. In addition to the main themes of Rahner's work, this Companion assesses his significance for contemporary theology through dialogues with many current concerns including: religious pluralism, spirituality, postmodernism, ecumenism, ethics and developments in political and feminist theologies.


1. Introducing Rahner Declan Marmion and Mary E. Hines; Part I. Spiritual, Philosophical and Theological Roots: 2. Theology and spirituality Harvey D. Egan; 3. Rahner's transcendental project Thomas Sheehan; 4. Experience of grace Stephen J. Duffy; Part II. Theological Investigations: 5. Method in theology Francis Schüssler Fiorenza; 6. Revelation and faith Daniel Donovan; 7. Trinity David Coffey; 8. Christology Roman Siebenrock; 9. Ecclesiology and Ecumenism Richard Lennan; 10. Ministry and worship Jerry Farmer; 11. Ethics Brian Linnane; 12. Eschatology Peter Phan; Part III. Conversations Ongoing: 13. Rahner amid modernity and postmodernity Michael Purcell; 14. Rahner's reception in twentieth century Protestant theology Nicholas Adams; 15. Karl Rahner: towards a theological aesthetic Gesa E. Thiessen; 16. Rahner and religious diversity Jeannine Hill Fletcher; 17. Liberation and political theologies Gaspar Martinez; 18. Feminist theologies Nancy Dallavalle; Part IV. Retrospect and Prospect: 19. Has Rahnerian theology a future? Philip Endean; 20. Experiences of a Catholic theologian Karl Rahner; Appendix: Reading Rahner: a guide for students Declan Marmion and Mary E. Hines.


"The editors have assembled first-rate scholars from North America, Europe and Australia to discuss these issues. The authors are discerning, appreciative and, when necessary, constructively critical. Each article is followed by helpful suggestions for further reading. This feature, along with the editors' useful glossary of technical terms and an appendix on "Reading Rahner: a Guide for Students," makes the volume suitable both for those well versed in Rahner and those encountering this theological Mount Everest for the first time...I heartily recommend The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner as a valuable vade mecum on the mystagogical journey that is the theology of one of this century's greatest thinkers." America, Robert P. Imbelli, Boston College

"All in all, the book indicates a balanced view of Rahner in the English-speaking world, and it is hoped that this standard will be carried on by those who read Rahner in the twenty-first century without his formative influence." - Shun'ichi Takayanagi, S.J., Sophia University, Japan


Declan Marmion, Mary E. Hines, Harvey D. Egan, Thomas Sheehan, Stephen J. Duffy, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Daniel Donovan, David Coffey, Roman Siebenrock, Richard Lennan, Jerry Farmer, Brian Linnane, Peter Phan, Michael Purcell, Nicholas Adams, Gesa E. Thiessen, Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Gaspar Martinez, Nancy Dallavalle, Philip Endean

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