Karl Rahner’s Foundations of Christian Faith: A Lonerganian Analysis
Knowing God, Knowing Emptiness - An Epistemological Exploration of Bernard Lonergan, Karl Rahner and Nāgārjuna - John N.C. Robinson
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John N.C. Robinson holds a B.A Hons in Theology and Biblical Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.Phil in Ecumenics and a PhD from the internationally known Irish School Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. He was vice-chair of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews for three years, and chair for a further two years, facilitating interfaith encounter between Jews, Muslims and Christians from Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He is also involved on an ongoing basis with the European Network for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and is a member of a number of international ecumenical and interfaith networks. He is particularly interested in the role of epistemology in interfaith dialogue, liberation theology, and the interaction between theology and gender, particularly in terms of how this affects marginalised communities.
This chapter reconstructs the transcendentalist argument rooted in human self-interpretation advanced by Karl Rahner for Christianity in his Foundations of Christian Faith. This argument is then analysed in terms of the epistemology and metaphysics laid out by Lonergan in Insight. Rahner’s argument is parsed in terms of Lonergan’s categories of intelligent knowing, central potency, central form and higher viewpoint.