PG xxx Karl Rahner: Society, Faith, and Culture

Module Level

9/10

Time Allowance

Second Semester: Alternate Mondays 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm, beginning the 1 February 2021

Assessment

To qualify for assessment full attendance is expected at all sessions and assigned readings are to be completed before each session. Participants are required to prepare carefully at least one set text for discussion at a given session and, then, write a short summary of the recapture that follows in the subsequent session. A final paper is to be submitted on an agreed topic by 1.00 pm, Friday, 7 May 2021, which is to be no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography), and which should follow strictly the standard presentation guidelines. Your final grade will include recognition of all written material and participation in discussion (80% final paper, 20% other written texts and participation).

Module Aims

The primary aim of this course is to read, understand, and discuss a selection of texts from the œuvre of Karl Rahner that has a direct bearing on contemporary issues in society, faith, and culture for Fundamental Theology. An ancillary (and optional) aim is to prepare an article for possible publication in a theology journal.


Indicative Syllabus

This course will explore some important contributions from Karl Rahner on significant issues in the relationship between contemporary culture and Christian faith. Through a confrontation with a series of texts from the breadth of Rahner’s works, students will be introduced to key terms, topics, and arguments that will include transcendental method, inculturation, secularization, spirituality, the mystic, declericalisation, integralism, the individual and institution, intellectual integrity and personal faith, and nature and grace.

Bibliography

  • Rahner, Karl. Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity, New York: Crossroad, 1983.
  • Rahner, Karl. Theological Investigations, vols. 1-23, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1961-79.
  • Rahner, Karl. Nature and Grace: Dilemmas in the Modern Church, New York: Sheed and Ward, 1963.
  • Rahner, Karl. The Shape of the Church to Come, London: SPCK, 1974.
  • Rahner, Karl. Belief Today, New York: Sheed and Ward, 1967.
  • Imhof, P. and Biallowons, H. Eds. Karl Rahner in Dialogue: Conversations and Interviews, 1965-1982, New York: Crossroad, 1986.
  • Imhof, P. and Biallowons, H. Eds. Faith in a Wintry Season: Conversations & Interviews with Karl Rahner in the Last Years of His Life, New York: Crossroad, 1986.
  • Lehmann, K., and Raffelt, A. The Content of Faith: The Best of Karl Rahner’s Theological Writings, New York: Crossroad, 1992.
  • Rahner, Karl. Faith Today, New York: Sheed and Ward, 1967.
  • Rahner, Karl. A Rahner Reader, New York: Seabury Press 1975.
  • Rahner, Karl. Our Christian Faith: Answers for the Future, London: Burns & Oates, 1980.
  • Rahner, Karl. Theologian of the Graced Search for Meaning, ed. Geffrey B. Kelly, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1993.
  • Rahner, Karl. The Practice of Faith: A Handbook of Contemporary Spirituality, ed. Karl Lehmann & Albert Raffelt, London: SCM Press, 1985.
  • Rahner, Karl. I Remember: An Autobiographical Interview with Meinold Krauss, trans. Harvey Egan, London: SCM Press, 1985.
  • Rahner, Karl. The Love of Jesus and the Love of Neighbour, trans. Robert Barr, New York: Crossroads, 1983.
  • Rahner, Karl. Christian at the Crossroads, New York: Seabury Press, 1975.
  • Rahner, Karl. Grace in Freedom, New York: Herder & Herder, 1969.
  • Rahner, Karl. Sämtliche Werke, ed. by the Karl-Rahner-Stiftung under the direction of Karl Lehmann, Johann Baptist Metz, Albert Raffelt, Herbert Vorgrimler, and Andreas R. Batlogg, vols. 1-32, Freiburg in Br.: Herder, 1995-2018.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations. 8th ed. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2013.

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