Karl Rahner, SJ and Bernard Lonergan, SJ (both 1904-1984) were two of the most important theologians of the twentieth century. Between them they addressed a myriad of issues ranging from the foundational and philosophical, to the theological and the spiritual. If Lonergan focused particularly on the question of method in theology, Rahner addressed an extraordinary variety of topics and his work continues to influence almost every aspect of theology systematic, historical, moral, practical and spiritual.
This book is the result of an international conference hosted by the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology to mark the centenary of the births of these two philosopher-theologians. A host of international specialists explore their respective legacies by examining not only their contributions to anthropology, theology and spirituality, but also by bringing their insights into dialogue with many of the issues facing Christians today.
Declan Marmion, SM is a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Dublin. He has published a Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of Spirituality in Karl Rahner, and The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner.
This work, the fruit of an international conference in 2004 draws its inspiration from the theological work of Bernard Lonergan and Karl Rahner. Though both theologies have been described as transcendental, the various essays in the volume show their striking divergence: Rahner s immensely wide ranging ad hoc approach...Lonergan s rigorously systematic approach as he elaborates the methodical processes required to probe the same mystery with clarity. Inspired editing allows the work to unfold almost in conversational fashion, as the voices of Lonergan and Rahner alternatively echo through the masterly contributions to illuminate a number of key topics: the mystery of the human; theological renewal after Vatican II; theology in contemporary Ireland; Christian identity in a postmodern age; and spirituality and religious experience.
- Milltown Studies, Winter 2005