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Title: The Notion of Spirituality in the Theology of Karl Rahner
Author(s): MARMION, Declan
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 21 Issue: 1 Date: spring 1996
This article attempts to clarify the meaning of the term 'spirituality' in the writings of one of the giants of twentieth-century Catholic theology - Karl Rahner. Our aim is to indicate the foundational role of spirituality in Rahner's theology. Firstly, we outline the main sources of, and influences on, his spirituality, and then, in a second step, a number of the main characteristics and themes underlying this spirituality are introduced. Thirdly we shall explore some points of intersection between Rahner's theology and his spirituality. The article concludes by focussing more particularly on Rahner's use of the term 'spirituality,' the contexts in which the term arises, and the meaning he attributes to it. In short we are asking what lies at the core of Rahner's conception of spirituality.