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The SPCK Introduction to Karl Rahner: A Brief Introduction (SPCK Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kilby
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Karl Rahner, a German Jesuit, was probably the most prominent and influential Catholic theologian of the twentieth century. In the 1950s he was on the margins, his orthodoxy questioned and his work censored. Yet a decade later he was a key theological adviser at the Second Vatican Council and, in almost all accounts but his own, one of the shaping influences upon it. Heavily influenced by Aquinas, his work sought to reconcile Christian faith with contemporary thought and the revelation of God in human experience. Here, Karen Kilby makes Rahner's often dense and difficult thinking accessible to a wide audience. She sketches a few of the central themes of Rahner's thought and gives the reader both a feeling for the way he approaches problems and some sense of the breadth of his work. This revised and expanded edition is an ideal introduction to Rahner for students and the general reader.

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'Lucid, perceptive, thickly textured, theologically rich, and refreshingly concise - Kilby's presentation of Rahner's theology is a must for students of Rahner, be they first year seminarians or senior theologians. I have taught her book for years and I still learn something new from it every time I return - it's brilliant reading.' --Serene Jones, Yale Divinity School

'This is an excellent book, very useful for students and one of the clearest introductions to Rahner.' --John McDade, Principal of Heythrop College, London

'Karen Kilby's book will be invaluable to teachers and students because of its lucid, learned, and penetrating understanding of one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century. It is the best single slim volume on Rahner that I know.' --Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol

Gavin D'Costa, University of Bristol

'... invaluable to teachers and students ... It is the best single
slim volume on Rahner that I know.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK (19 April 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079LJGE4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book 26 Feb. 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facts about the Unknowable 11 Nov. 2012
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This book lays out the complex theology of Karl Rahner in terms and ideas that the average layman can not only understand but absorb. In the 21st Century its revealing to look back at a 20th Century Theologian who had insights that are applicable for any generation in any Century. Well worn and thought-out explanations and insights for seekers of discovery about the Living God. Not the God of our invention but the creative force and loving nature of this incomparable and all inclusive love we call call God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive, Easy to Digest Overview of Karl Rahner's Thought 27 Jan. 2014
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This short book offers a very easy to digest overview of the thought of someone who is a very complex, deep, and influential thinker. The author does a good job of presenting the criticisms and challenges to Rahner's thought and perhaps charitable defenses of them as well. But it doesn't end there, the reader is invited to foray into the sea of Rahner's writings with a guide of where one might start.
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