The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner

The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner

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Karl Rahner (1904-84) was one of the most significant theological voices of the twentieth century. For many his theology has come to symbolise the Catholic Church's entry into modernity. Part of his enduring appeal lies in his ability to reflect on a whole variety of issues in theology and spirituality and concentrate this plurality into a few basic convictions. This Cambridge Companion provides an accessible introduction to the main themes of Rahner's work. Written by an international array of experts, it will be of interest to both students and scholars alike. Each chapter serves as a guide to its topic and recommends further reading for additional study. The contributors also assess Rahner's significance for contemporary theology by bringing his thought into dialogue with many current concerns including: religious pluralism, spirituality, postmodernism, ecumenism, ethics and developments in political and feminist theologies.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 660g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521832888
  • 9780521832885

Table of contents

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 Schussler 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.
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'There are useful passages on such Rahnerian topics as the supernatural existential, Jesus Christ as the entelechy of human existence, and the controversial anonymous Christian.' Church Times '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 'The editors clearly know their student audience and ought to be commended for providing us with essays that strike the proper balance between instruction and suggestion.' International Journal of Systematic Theology '... excellent [resource] for both new students and scholars ...' Themelios '... the highlight of the book is undoubtedly Stephen Duffy's excellent essay ...' Anvil "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
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About Declan Marmion

Declan Marmion lectures in Systematic Theology at St Patricke's College, Maynooth and at the Milltown Institute, Dublin where he is Senior Lecturer. His publications include An Introduction to the Trinity (co-edited with Rik van Nieuwenhove, 2010), Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age: Celebrating the Legacies of Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan (2005), Theology in the Making: Biography, Contexts, Methods (2005) and A Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of Spirituality in Karl Rahner (1998). Mary E. Hines is Professor of Theology and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Emmanuel College, Boston.
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