Karl Rahner: Theologian of Grace

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Karl Rahner: Theologian of Grace

  • Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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“Grace itself is everywhere and always.”
– Karl Rahner

Encounter the towering thought of Karl Rahner (1904–84), one of the most significant voices in Catholic theology in the twentieth century. An extraordinarily productive and creative theologian who wrote over 5,000 works, he played a central role as a theological advisor to the bishops at Vatican II. His influence continues to live on in the Church and world today.

In this 12-lecture course, you will journey through Rahner’s life, thought, and works. Under the guidance of Rahner expert Fr. Richard Lennan, you will explore his theology of grace, which lies at the heart of his works. As you will come to see, Rahner’s approach to grace stresses the encounter between God and humanity, an encounter that takes place in every dimension of human life. You will examine how Rahner developed an understanding of God’s mystery, the dynamics of the Trinity, and the human person as the recipient of God’s grace.

Rahner’s work includes all the principal theological themes—Trinity, Church, sacraments—but what makes his theology so powerful is his constant reference to the presence of grace in human history. For Rahner, therefore, spirituality is not simply a theme of his writings, but is rather at the heart of all that he writes. Karl Rahner’s powerful theology will help you encounter God’s profound presence in history and our world today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introducing Karl Rahner
  • The Mystery of God
  • Graced Humanity
  • Everyday Faith
  • God’s Self-Revelation in Jesus Christ
  • The Trinity
  • The Church as Sacrament
  • Living in the Church
  • Faith and Culture
  • The Anonymous Christian
  • The Future and the Absolute Future
  • Hope and Prayer
About Your Presenter

Fr. Richard Lennan, Dr. Theol., is Professor of Systematic Theology in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He is an expert on the theology of Church, the theology of ministry, and fundamental theology. He holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Fr. Lennan is the author of The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner (Oxford University Press, 1995), Risking the Church: The Challenges of Catholic Faith (Oxford University Press, 2004), and The Possibility of Belief: The Challenges and Prospects of Catholic Faith (St Paul’s, 2004). He has also published numerous articles and edited several books on the Church and its ministry, including Hope: The Possibility of Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2013). He edited An Introduction to Catholic Theology (Paulist Press, 1998). Ordained a priest in 1983, he has served as President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association and worked with many groups and organizations engaged in pastoral planning.

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Customer Reviews (0)
2018 Spring Survey
Mastery of the subject matter, presented in a very understandable manner, supported by appropriate accompanying materials. Review by Raymond Reyes, Falcon Heights, MN, USA (Posted on 4/6/2018)
2017 Christmas Survey
I had a new understanding of the greatness of God's grace. Review by Ron, El Cajon, California, USA (Posted on 12/15/2017)
Spring Survey: April 2017
Father Lennan is a good teacher: what he presented had clarity and depth and gave you a feel of Rahner himself. The content could be used for a retreat...was uplifting. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/19/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Karl Rahner is one of the most influential theologians of the 20th Century. This presentation gave insight into his background, his thought, and how he articulated theology for the 20th Century. Review by Deacon Paul Gifford Columbia, Maryland, USA (Posted on 1/24/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Enthusiastic presenter with edifying delivery and superior mastery of notoriously difficult material, so as to make it accessible to those with a modicum of familiarity with systematics. Review by T. Duncan, Boise, ID, USA (Posted on 1/21/2017)
Excellent teaching
A very clear exposé of Rahner's life and theology. Easy to listen to. Excellent teaching. Review by Sr. Angela (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Easily understood
Karl Rahner presents the graciousness of God very beautifully and his thought was distilled by the author in a way that was easily understood. Review by Sr. Genevieve (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Fall Survey: October 2016
The lecturer is professional and the course as well. It is as good or better than any online course I have done; I would argue that the one about Job would be similar. Great course materials. I've paid five times as much for online classes which were lower in quality. The only differ is that in those courses my assignments were graded. Review by Souderton, PA , USA (Posted on 10/9/2016)
I learned a lot about his life that I hadn't known, and it made key elements of his theology understandable for me.
I learned a lot about his life that I hadn't known, and it made key elements of his theology understandable for me. I had to get used to the accent, but it was clear, enjoyable, and I listened to it twice to get things I'd missed. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Understanding his thought process helps understand Vatican II.
Rahner's ideas were instrumental in the development of some documents of Vatican II. Understanding his thought process helps understand Vatican II. Review by Paul (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Fr. Lennan gives a thorough review of Fr. Karl Rahner.
What makes it special is that it helped me to understand and appreciate Fr. Karl Rahner and his thoughts in a new way. Fr. Lennan gives a thorough review of Fr. Karl Rahner.
Review by Patricia (Posted on 11/23/2015)
Fr. Richard Lennan's content and presentation was excellent.
Considering how difficult Karl Rahner's theology can be, Fr. Richard Lennan's content and presentation was excellent. I've listened to it several times and learn more each time. He opened up a whole new faith understanding and experience. He is an excellent teacher. Review by Peg (Posted on 9/4/2015)
An attractive conversational style.
The presenter put across his material clearly with an attractive conversational style , convincing many of us that Rahner's teaching on Grace, for example, is familiar to us. Review by Angela (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Exellent!!!! Exellent!!!
Fr. Lennan clearly has a love for Karl Rahner and because of that, he unravels the theology of the leading theologian of the 20th century for others so that we can understand what a Grace Rahner's theolgy was to all of us. It was such a joy to listen to him and listen to him explain Rahner to us.
Review by Sister Janet (Posted on 4/26/2015)
It is a great introduction to the study of his writings. Review by William J. Meyer, S.M., Saint Louis, Missouri (Posted on 4/14/2015)
It was a wonderful review and perspective-setting of a theologian I had studied and admired years ago. Review by William Mulcahey, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
These lectures gave a clear and enthusiastic rendering of Rahner, understandable for beginners. Of course, much more so for us Australians who love to hear things in our own lingo Review by Angela Carroll rsj, Australia (Posted on 4/14/2015)
The content was SO enriching and insightful. It was not an easy subject but the presenter was EXCELLENT in teaching it to bring understanding and application. He obviously knows his subject WELL and is eager to share this with us. THANK YOU. I would be interested in more courses taught by Fr. Richard Lennan, Dr. Theology. Review by Margaret Conroy, St. Cloud, Minnesota USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Excellent presentation on theology of Karl Rahner and his concept of grace. Review by Anthony L. Schapker, Newburgh, IN (Posted on 4/14/2015)
very good
A very informative and accessible overview of Rahner's thought - well articulated and presented. Review by Maureen (Posted on 11/6/2014)
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