Rahner and Metz
Transcendental Theology as Political Theology
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Publisher: University Press of America
Number of Pages: 390
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
Guenther has revealed a deep complementarity and interdependence between the writings of Karl Rahner and Johann Baptist Metz. The work investigates the different contemporary theologies, analyzing whether Rahner's theology represents a true version of what Metz has for some twenty years termed a political theology. The author offers an interpretation of Metz's relation to modern secularity, his dialogue with Marxism and critical theory, and the development of his own special themes, including discipleship christology and the truly Christian meaning of solidarity. Guenther's comprehensive treatment of Rahner's thought explores his indebtedness to modern transcendental philosophy and his difference from it. In his exploration of Rahner's ideas on the Second Vatican Council and his concern for the church's role in the world, Guenther discusses the development of Rahner's theology of human subjectivity and freedom, his ringing incarnationalism, and pastoral commitment. Guenther measures the apologetic potential to warrant the description "political". Guenther then examines the complementary (and supplementary) elements of Rahner and Metz's theologies. Contents: On Procedure; Introduction; "Political Theology" as Practical Fundamental Theology; Characteristics and Dynamics of Rahner's Theology; Political Theological Content in Rahner's Work; Conclusion: Karl Rahner's "Political Theology"; Bibliography.
Guenther's study ranks with the best Catholic work on Metz and Rahner. -- Harry McSorley, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto * Religious Studies Review * ...a highly competent and persuasive treatment of two outstanding theologians of our century. -- Leo J. O'Donovan, Georgetown University. * Religious Studies Review * This eminently readable work is instructive, not only for its energetic, occasionally enthusiastic discussion of the public elements in Rahner's enterprise, but also for its presentation of the thought of Metz...an accessible, balanced, historically contectualized study of two important figures who have greatly influenced each other...worth the read. -- George E. Griener, THEOLOGICAL STUDIES * Religious Studies Review * Particularly helpful is the thorough examination of Rahner's understanding of the new unity of the love of God and love of neighbor...Chapter on the inner dynamics of Rahner's theology offers an excellent introduction to Rahner's work from 1935-1970. * Religious Studies Review *