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Religions 2018, 9(11), 365; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110365

Karl Rahner and the Elusive Search for Christian Unity

Theology Department, Gannon University, 109 University Square Erie, PA 16541, USA
Received: 6 October 2018 / Revised: 15 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 17 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecumenism and Ecclesiology: The Challenge of Unity and Difference)
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Despite his prominence within the landscape of theology, Karl Rahner is largely absent in ecumenical discourse. This is surprising considering the concern he shows for both the church’s unity and ecumenism throughout his writings. Rahner’s understanding of unity and diversity and their relationship to one another has the potential to provide important resources for the contemporary ecumenical movement and the goal of visible unity. This article examines Karl Rahner’s theological understanding of ecumenism and the relationship of ecumenism to the realities of unity and diversity. This article explicates Rahner’s theologies of symbol and unity as prerequisites for understanding and developing the relationship between unity and diversity. The unity of the Church is fundamentally a symbolic reality in the process of “becoming”. View Full-Text
Keywords: Karl Rahner; ecumenism; church; ecclesiology; unity; diversity; symbol Karl Rahner; ecumenism; church; ecclesiology; unity; diversity; symbol
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