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Finding God in All ThingsCelebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner$
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Mark Bosco and David Stagaman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228089

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228089.001.0001

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10. On Reading Rahner in A New Century

10. On Reading Rahner in A New Century

(p.125) 10. On Reading Rahner in A New Century
Finding God in All Things

Leo J. O'Donovan

Fordham University Press

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

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