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God and the VictimTraumatic Intrusions on Grace, and Freedom$
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Jennifer Erin Beste

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311099.001.0001

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 Karl Rahner's Theological Anthropology

 Karl Rahner's Theological Anthropology

The Role of Freedom and Grace in the Construction of the Human Self

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God and the Victim

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This chapter draws on Rahner's best known writings in Theological Investigations and Foundations of Christian Faith to elucidate his account of the relation between the self, human freedom, and God's grace. Rahner believes that God creates humans as beings who essentially become themselves by responding in freedom to God's self‐communication. While Rahner acknowledges that persons are determined to a significant extent by cultural and biological factors (including interpersonal harm), he nevertheless argues that persons who possess reason ultimately have the transcendental and categorical freedom to realize who they will become before God. Rahner conceptualizes such freedom as the ability to effect a fundamental option to accept or reject God's self‐communication. Persons actualize this transcendental freedom through concrete acts of loving God and neighbor.

Keywords:   Rahner, God's self‐communication, transcendental freedom, categorical freedom, fundamental option, grace, theological

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