Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Comparing FaithfullyInsights for Systematic Theological Reflection$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michelle Voss Roberts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274666

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 21 February 2020

Flower and Song

Flower and Song

A Comparative Study on Teotlizing in Aztec Theology and Karl Rahner’s View of Divine Self-Disclosure

(p.46) 2 Flower and Song
Comparing Faithfully

Elaine Padilla

Fordham University Press

This comparative chapter by Elaine Padilla offers a model of divine creativity by which the cosmos continuously emanates from within God. It draws from the Aztec concept of teotlizing, or the process by which the primordial space begets itself and becomes tangibly as cosmos, and Karl Rahner’s understanding of the divine self-disclosure. Divine creativity is recaptured as the movement toward differentiation of all things in the divine unity, followed by the movement of interweaving by which all differences are brought together into a fragile unity. These ongoing processes tangibly make manifest the mystery of life called “flower and song” in Aztec religion. The comparison urges Rahner’s theology to embrace the creative potential and divine presence in darkness and chaos as well as in light.

Keywords:   Aztec theology, creation, darkness, divine self-disclosure, Florentine Codex, nepantla, Ometéotl, Karl Rahner, teotl, Tezcatlipoca

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .