One hundred years after the birth of Karl Rahner, the contributors to this book ask whether and how Rahner's theology can address new religious and cultural realities in the twenty-first century, particularly those realities found on what has come to be called "the Pacific Rim." Stretching from California and Latin America, and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia, this geographic region manifests an incredible cultural and religious diversity, but also many points of intersection and interpenetration, resulting in new forms of religion and spirituality. The theological categories generated by Rahner, such as the anonymous Christian and even the notion of a world church, meet steep challenges when read in contexts very different from that of Germany and the theological currents of the "Atlantic." At the same time, the encounter between Rahner and the Pacific Rim results in fresh readings of Rahner not previously imagined, not only in places like China and Mexico, but even Los Angeles. Anchored by a seminal essay by Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (Harvard), contributors, include Thomas Sheehan (Stanford), Catherine Bell (Santa Clara), and George Griener, S.J. (Berkeley).
Each essay examines the possibilities and limitations of Rahner's theology in this newly configured Pacific world.
Paul G. Crowley, S.J. is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He is the author of In Ten Thousand Places: Dogma in a Pluralistic Church and the forthcoming Unwanted Wisdom: Suffering, the Cross and Hope.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: Improbable Encounters? Part 3 Part One: Encounters with Religions Chapter 4 Rahner beyond Rahner: A Comparative Theologian's Reflections on Theological Investigations Chapter 5 The Body of Blessing Chapter 6 Constraints on the Theological Absorption of Plurality Chapter 7 Karl Rahner's Legacy and the Prospects for Muslim-Christian Understanding Part 8 Part Two: Encounters with Cultures Chapter 9 From the Kulturkampf to China's Cultural Christians Chapter 10 Guadalupe's Challenge to Rahner's Theology of Symbol Chapter 11 Rethinking Rahner on Grace and Symbol: New Proposals from the Americas Chapter 12 Religious Disillusionment in a Land of Illusions Part 13 Part Three: Encounters with Theology, Ethics and Spirituality Chapter 14 Rahner's Theology of the Cross Chapter 15 Rahner, Ethics and Cultures Chapter 16 Rahner and the Avatar: The Challenge from Popular Religions Chapter 17 The Stillpoint: Autoeroticism or Grace? Part 18 Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here? Rahner in the Pacific Rim and Beyond