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A World of Grace
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A World of Grace


Georgetown University Press 1995

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Gathering Interest


A World of Grace gathers insight from more than a dozen scholarly voices, offering a lively exploration of the theology of Karl Rahner—one of the twentieth century’s most influential Catholic theologians. This engaging collection of essays, edited by one of Rahner’s former students, provides an accessible introduction to his theology as a whole. Organized as a companion volume to what was arguably Rahner’s master work, Foundations of Christian Faith, each chapter presents a multifaceted commentary on the corresponding chapter of Foundations. Beginning with Rahner’s method and concluding with his theology of the Church and eschatology, this comprehensive text also includes a separate chapter on Rahner’s moral thought. Ideally suited for classroom or individual use, this volume provides questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading, and an extensive glossary of specialized terminology.

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Key Features

  • Provides insights for reading Foundations of the Christian Faith chapter by chapter
  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to Karl Rahner’s theology
  • Includes discussion questions, making it suitable for group study
  • Edited by one of Karl Rahner’s former students


  • Preface by the editor, Leo J. O'Donovan
  • “Theology in a New Key” by William V. Dych
  • “Starting with the Human” by Anne E. Carr
  • “Within the Holy Mystery” by Michael J. Buckley
  • “The Bonds of Freedom” by Brian O. McDermott
  • “The Invitation of Grace” by John P. Galvin
  • “A History of Grace” by Thomas F. O'Meara
  • “Discovering Jesus Christ: A History We Share” by J. Peter Schineller
  • “Anticipating Jesus Christ: An Account of Our Hope” by Otto H. Hentz
  • “On Being Christian-Together” by Michael A. Fahey
  • “The Realism of Christian Life” by John Carmody
  • “The Hope for Humanity” by William M. Thompson
  • “An Ethics of Faith” by James F. Bresnahan

Product Details

  • Title: A World of Grace: An Introduction to the Themes and Foundations of Karl Rahner’s Theology
  • Editor: Leo J. O’Donovan
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 214

About the Editor

Leo J. O’Donovan served as president of Georgetown University from 1989 to 2001. Graduating from Georgetown himself in 1956, he studied at the Université de Lyon on a Fulbright scholarship, and received a doctorate from Fordham University in 1961. Ten years later he received a doctoral degree in theology from the University of Münster in Germany where he studied under Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner. O'Donovan has taught at Woodstock College, Loyola College in Maryland, and Union Theological Seminary, in addition to Georgetown University and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He has served as provincial assistant for formation in the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Society of Jesus in 1966.


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