On Productivity

In an interview, Meinold Krauss asked Karl Rahner how he was able to achieve his vast bibliography. Rahner responded: You see, I’ve always gone to bed early and gotten up relatively early. I’ve had few hobbies. I was neither a mountain climber nor a photographer, nor did I lead an intense social life. So if… Read More→

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Rahner as Council Peritus

Herbert Vorgrimler’s book Understanding Karl Rahner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought[1] is a fascinating look at Rahner. Though there are many introductions to Rahner available, Vorgrimler includes details and personal knowledge others lack. Speaking of Rahner’s involvement at the Second Vatican council, Vorgrimler shares this interesting account: On 11 October 1962 the Council… Read More→

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Trinitarian Visions

Steven M. Studebaker’s new book  should be of interest to any Rahnerian scholar, since Coffey was a student of Rahner’s. The Jonathan Edwards Center recently blogged about the book. Historians of theology will recognize that Studebaker is working in the train of Coffey’s teacher Karl Rahner as he explicates Augustine and especially the notion of anonymous… Read More→

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Santorum’s Phony Catholicism?

Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo references Karl Rahner’s use of Heidegger over at the Washington Post. Theology is duty-bound to explain the faith in terms derived from other philosophies such as Gadamer’s Epistemology (Bernard Longergan) and Heidegger’s Existentialism (Karl Rahner).Thus, unlike dogma which never changes or doctrine which gives answers, theology is always changing because it is always asking questions… Read More→

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Spirituality as Ground of Theology

Rahner’s spirituality is an indispensable portion of this thought. In speaking of Thomas Aquinas, he wrote, Thomas’ theology is his spiritual life and his spiritual life is his theology. With him we do not yet find the horrible difference which is often to be observed in later theology, between theology and spiritual life. He thinks… Read More→

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Ratzinger and Rahner

David Timbs has written a post explaining some of the historical context and reasons for Pope Benedict XVI’s retreat from Vatican II. While the post is interesting in its own right, to support his point, Timbs brings up an interesting exchange that occurred in Munich in late 1979 between then Cardinal Ratzinger and Karl Rahner. Karl Rahner… Read More→

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Scheeben’s Adoption and Soteriology

Throughout his major theological works Joseph Scheeben (1835-1888) addresses the question of theological adoption. He does so by casting the doctrine in a strongly transformative light. In sharp relief to the Protestant conception, which is typically a highly forensic understanding, Scheeben couples adoption to the beatific vision. As a result, Scheeben is interested in how… Read More→

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The Way

A New Article on Rahner’s Spirituality

A new issue of The Way is out and it includes an article by Ingvild Røsok titled “Unconditional Surrender and Love When Spirituality Illuminates the Theology of Karl Rahner.” Here is the brief description: The New Testament letter to the Philippians portrays a Christ who, out of unconditional love for humanity, humbled himself to the… Read More→

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Pannenberg and Rahner’s Rule

Karl Rahner famously presented a Trinitarian axiom that eventually came to be known as “Rahner’s Rule.” The formulation succinctly state that the economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity and vice versa. It can be easy to mistake the word “immanent” for “imminent” in which case Rahner’s rule doesn’t seem to be saying much. It wouldn’t… Read More→

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Maréchalian Epistemology

An ongoing debate marches on between those who think Karl Rahner’s thought is primarily driven by his philosophy and those who maintain that his Catholicism, namely his Ignatian spirituality, is the principle factor in his theologizing. Still others, such as Dr. Robert Masson at Marquette University, argue that Rahner’s theology is a bona fide tertium… Read More→

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