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The Reality of Love: Karl Rahner's Theology of Love Applied to Spirituality

The Reality of Love: Karl Rahner's Theology of Love Applied to Spirituality


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Love is one, and love is "all we need." This book argues against the traditional theological view that God's love differs from human love. If God is love and love is one, we will find God embodied in all kinds of genuine love experiences. By analyzing Karl Rahner's theology of love, the author explores how God penetrates and embraces the whole of reality, suggesting implications for Christian spirituality and spiritual direction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532632372
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/12/2018
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ingvild Røsok is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian School of Theology. She is a translator, author, and spiritual director.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jan-Olav Henriksen ix

Abbreviations List xi

Remarks on References and Material xiii

Introduction 1

1 Terminology and Analytical Perspectives 10

Part 1 The Theological Fundament of Love

2 Theological Anthropology 33

3 God-The Gift and the Giver 54

Excursus on Nature and Grace 68

4 Christology 80

Part 2 One Love-Three Perspectives: A Constructive Analysis of Rahner's Theology of Love

5 Cognitive Perspectives 103

6 Affective Perspectives 122

7 Spiritual Perspectives 151

Part 3 Rahner and Beyond: Broadening, Criticizing, and Applying Rahner's Theology of Love

8 Desire: From Augustine to Rahner-and Further 191

9 Criticism and Beyond 216

10 Toward an Embodied Spirituality of Love 253

Bibliography 287

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“This study of the significance, inter-relationship and potential of human and divine love offers an engaging discussion of the transformative role of love in human life. Røsok’s critical and constructive exploration of Karl Rahner’s approach to love and spirituality invites the reader to consider afresh the promise of a well-grounded Christian spirituality for today. This book will be greatly enjoyed by theologians and spiritual directors alike.”

—Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Oxford

“Ingvild Røsok explores how God can be traced in the realm of human experience, where there is a desire which often cannot be easily categorized, a desire to be joined to and transformed by created others as well as the uncreated Other. Seeking for an ‘embodied but mystical’ spirituality of love, Røsok moves to current philosophical and theological debates, with a practical aim in mind: how current Christian spirituality can be more deeply transformed by sensitivity to and discernment of a genuine love.”

—Ivana Noble, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Charles University, Prague

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