Karl Rahner

Theologian, Author

1904 – 1984

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Who was Karl Rahner?

Karl Rahner, SJ, was a German Jesuit priest and theologian who, alongside Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Yves Congar, is considered one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century. He was the brother of Hugo Rahner.

Rahner was born in Freiburg, at the time a part of the Grand Duchy of Baden, a state of the German Empire; he died in Innsbruck, Austria.

Before the Second Vatican Council, Rahner had worked alongside Yves Congar, Henri de Lubac and Marie-Dominique Chenu, theologians associated with an emerging school of thought called the Nouvelle Théologie, elements of which had been condemned in the encyclical Humani Generis of Pope Pius XII. Subsequently, however, the Second Vatican Council was much influenced by his theology and his understanding of Catholic faith.

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Born
Mar 5, 1904
Freiburg im Breisgau
Also known as
  • Καρλ Ράνερ
Siblings
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
Died
Mar 30, 1984
Innsbruck

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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