Thoughts on the Experience of God in the Theology of Karl Rahner: Gifts and Implications

Mary Steinmetz


This paper explores the concept of encounter with God in the writings of Karl Rahner and its relevance for academic study and spiritual practice today.  Because Rahner addresses the experience of Ultimate Mystery in a variety of ways, through academic writings, prayers and short articles, examples are taken from the breadth of this legacy.  Particular attention is given to the possible applications of his understanding of the experience of God for Christians today and consideration of the potential of his ideas for addressing the academic theology/spirituality split as well as the deep longing for tangible experience in the lives of many Christians. Rahner’s value for feminist theology is also addressed.

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