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Theology Notebook: Rahner on Eternity

The seed becomes a great plant...

“Just as in modern physics, we have to learn to think of eternity without imagining it, and in this sense demythologize it and say: through death there comes to be the final and definitive validity of man's existence which has been achieved and has come to maturity in freedom. It is what has come to be as the liberated, final validity of something which was once in time and which came to be as spirit and freedom in order to be. Cannot what we call our life, therefore, be a brief flash in a process in which there comes to be in freedom and responsibility something which is, and definitively is, because it is of value to be what it is? And this happens in such a way that becoming ceases when being begins, and we do not notice anything of it because we ourselves are still in the process of becoming.”

--Karl Rahner, Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity, p. 272. [my emphases, for clarity]

The question I'm starting to have--and this entry is a decent example--is whether or not Rahner's theology of resurrection is bleeding over into his theology of death itself....

Addendum: I mean, partially that's his point, that we are all oriented toward resurrection in a transcendental way, but I wonder if he is in some of his treatment of the theology of death neglecting what he is aware of elsewhere: that some people experience death as a final, definitive invalidity of their existence--the negative side of the fundamental option. Completion or incompletion. Reality or unreality. Integration or disintegration. Heaven or hell.
Tags: christology, grace and freedom/nature, mysticism/spirituality, philosophical, quotations, rahner, theological notebook

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