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Comparing FaithfullyInsights for Systematic Theological Reflection$
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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

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Flower and Song

Flower and Song

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

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Comparing Faithfully
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Elaine Padilla

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.003.0003

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

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