Rahner beyond Rahner A Great Theologian Encounters the Pacific Rim

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  • Copyright: 2005-11-01
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward
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One hundred years after the birth of Karl Rahner, the contributors to this book ask whether and how Rahner's theology can address new religious and cultural realities in the twenty-first century, particularly those realities found on what is known as "the Pacific Rim." Stretching from California and Latin America, and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia, this geographic region manifests an incredible cultural and religious diversity, but also many points of intersection and interpenetration, resulting in new forms of religion and spirituality. The theological categories generated by Rahner, such as the anonymous Christian and even the notion of a world church, meet steep challenges when read in contexts very different from that of Germany and the theological currents of the "Atlantic." At the same time, the encounter between Rahner and the Pacific Rim results in fresh readings of Rahner not previously imagined, not only in places like China and Mexico, but also Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Improbable Encounters? xiii
Paul G. Crowley
Part I: Encounters with Religions
Rahner beyond Rahner: A Comparative Theologian's Reflections on Theological Investigations 18
Francis X. Clooney
The Body of Blessing
Thomas Sheehan
Constraints on the Theological Absorption of Plurality
Catherine Bell
Karl Rahner's Legacy and Prospects for Muslim-Christian Understanding
David Pinault
Part II: Encounters with Cultures
Rahner and the Pacific Rim: From the Kulturkampf to China's Cultural Christians
George E. Griener
Guadalupe's Challenge to Rahner's Theology of Symbol
Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Rethinking Rahner on Grace and Symbol: New Proposals from the Americas
Robert Lassalle-Klein
Religious Disillusionment in a Land of Illusions
Michael C. McCarthy
Part III: Encounters with Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality
Rahner's Theology of the Cross
Lois Malcolm
Rahner's Ethics and the Pacific Rim
David DeCosse
Rahner and the Avatar, or Divinization in Rahner and the Claims of Adi Da Samraj
Mark F. Fischer
The Stillpoint: Autoeroticism or Grace?
G. Donald Maloney
Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here? Rahner in the Pacific Rim and Beyond 155(6)
Tom Powers
Index 161(8)
About the Contributors 169

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