A deeper look at Karl Rahner

A scholar of Christian mysticism, Boston College Professor Emeritus Harvey D. Egan, S.J., earned his doctorate in theology under the direction of the influential Jesuit priest and theologian Karl Rahner. He combines his interest and expertise in both mysticism and Rahner in the new book, The Christology and Mystical Theology of Karl Rahner (Herder & Herder, 2020), co-authored with Fr. Joseph H. Wong, OSB, Cam. The authors delineate what Rahner means by the mysticism of daily life, the mysticism of the masses, the mysticism of the classical masters, the difference between infused and awakened contemplation, the relation of mysticism to Christian perfection, and Rahner’s controversial view that the mystical life does not require a special grace. The book also considers Rahner’s views of Jesus Christ and St. Ignatius Loyola.

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