By Daniel T. Pekarske
“Whenever my efforts to give an explanation for this strange undertaking succeeded, i'd continually pay attention, ‘Oh i am getting it. You’re writing Cliffs Notes for Karl Rahner!’ I’m yes the writers of Cliffs Notes may say an identical factor approximately their paintings as I do approximately mine. it isn't meant to alternative for interpreting Rahner’s Theological Investigations. to the contrary I clearly desire this reference publication will open his treasure trove of essay either to the coed in addition to to different critical readers of theology. each person accustomed to Rahner’s nice 23-volume Theological Investigations is aware the sequence is tough to exploit since it lacks a key. The titles frequently fail to explain the contents of the essays properly; there is not any cumulative index in English; the present indices on the finish of every quantity are tedious and did not distinguish major discussions of a subject matter from informal references; and wanting wading via a whole essay there is not any strategy to understand speedy no matter if it includes the fabric one is seeking. This ebook makes an attempt to handle those problems.” — From the Introduction.
Dan Pekarske, SDS., is a Salvatorian with M.A.’s in philosophy and theology, and a Ph.D. in spiritual experiences from Marquette college. After instructing 6 years in his Society’s significant seminary in Tanzania, East Africa, he now serves as an consultant on the Sacred center tuition of Theology in Hales Corners, WI. His different courses comprise Abstracts of Karl Rahner’s Unserialized Essays (Marquette college Press, #60 during this series); The lifetime of Johann Baptist Jordan, identified in non secular lifestyles as Francis Mary of the move, Volumes 1-5, 2008 (ed.); the instant of Grace: a hundred Years of Salvatorian lifestyles and Ministry within the usa, 2 volumes, 1994 (ed.).
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Human freedom should never be sacrificed for mere material goods. 8. It is sometimes justified to limit freedom. 9. ,: a) imprisoning dangerous people; b) compelling children to go to school; c) necessity can demand an objective action (rationing); d) conscientious objectors present special problems. , marriage or religion). Coercion should never be applied in dubious cases. 10. This makes it difficult to demarcate when to allow freedom and when to apply coercion. a) Demarcation must respect both principles; b) there is no a priori demarcation line; c) the church has no revealed knowledge where to demarcate; d) Christians are bound to work to restore the proper proportion; e) since the demarcation line varies i) one must tolerate what is wrong when its removal would cause even greater harm.
5. The state must allow constitutional redress against itself. 6. Universal suffrage is not a natural right, nor does it guarantee natural rights. Much more is demanded of a good state than universal suffrage (list, 257). 7. Christians must work to insure that states embody social principles akin to natural law. We are handicapped today because Christians share no common vision of the good state. IV. 02). 1. The church by its nature is an indispensable shelter and champion of human freedom. 2. Today the church must guard against seeming totalitarian.
Rahner maintains this concept holds the key to addressing Protestant and Orthodox objections to the Catholic position on satisfaction and indulgences. Current theology sees punishment due to sin too exclusively as vindictive, extrinsically imposed on us by God’s justice. With an eye to the Fathers, Rahner explores the “living basis” which gave rise to the Catholic theory of temporal punishment: the longer time needed to scrutinize lapsed believers as opposed to catechumens. Its historical genesis sets the stage for moving the theory of punishment out of the realm of the juridical.