The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner
The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner

The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner


184 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: June 2020

ISBN 9780824598082


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The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner delineates what Rahner means by the mysticism of daily life, the mysticism of the masses, the mysticism of the classical masters, the difference between infused and awakened contemplation, the relation of mysticism to Christian perfection, and Rahner's controversial view that the mystical life does not require a special grace. It explores how Rahner embraces the person of Jesus Christ—whom Rahner sees as Christianity's center—both with his acute theological mind but also with his Jesuit heart. Who has better defined the human person as the ability to be God in the world, understood Jesus' humanity as God's human in the world, and boldly stated the difference between Jesus and other human beings that is only he is God's humanity in the world. The book also looks at Rahner's view of Jesus as the absolute savior, his ascending and descending Christology, his creative re-interpretation of Christ's death and resurrection, his "seeking Christology, and his controversial "anonymous Christian" theory. Finally, it emphasizes the influence of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Rahner's thinking. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises, especially their emphasis on God working immediately with the person, its Christology, and the rules for the discernment of spirits plays a key role in Rahner's overall theological view. Few Catholic theologians have taken Christian saints and mystics as theological sources as seriously as Rahner has.

Author Biography

Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J., D.Theol., is a leading expert on Christian mysticism and the thought of Karl Rahner. He is Emeritus Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology at Boston College, where he taught for forty years. Fr. Egan received his doctorate of theology under the direction of Karl Rahner from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, and he is the recipient of the Robert H. Goddard Distinguished Alumni Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has written several books, has translated many writings by Karl Rahner, and is the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and entries in anthologies and encyclopedias. Originally from Hong Kong, Fr. Joseph H. Wong, OSB Cam, is a Benedictine monk of the Camaldolese Congregation. He holds BA in English literature from London University, MTh from the same University, and STD from the Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Wong is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology and has taught systematic theology at the Salesian University in Rome. As a monk of the Monastery of Camaldoli in Italy, he periodically teaches theology and spirituality at two seminaries in China. He is the author or editor of several books and many articles, in Chinese, English and Italian.