Karl Rahner is aptly known as the father of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. Now, you can explore Rahner’s wisdom in this course by Boston College professor Fr. Harvey Egan, SJ, who studied under Karl Rahner as a doctoral student. A Jesuit priest, Rahner was also a philosopher, theologian, commentator on church documents, devotional writer, preacher, and retreat director. His 4,000 written works reveal a powerful vision, and the questions he raised continue to inspire theology today.
In this exceptional course, Fr. Harvey Egan draws on his personal experience with Karl Rahner, who attended Fr. Egan’s First Mass and directed his doctoral dissertation. A renowned mysticism expert with 50 years of experience studying and teaching Rahner’s thought, Fr. Egan will help you understand Rahner’s many faces. In particular, you will discover his lesser-known roles as an Ignatian theologian and mystic.
Under Fr. Egan’s guidance, you will gain an overview of Rahner’s multifaceted thought and explore his role as a teacher of the sacraments, Christian life, and prayer. You’ll also encounter Rahner’s more personal side and his love for the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the preached word. Finally, you’ll discover Rahner as an eschatological mystic. As Georgetown President Emeritus Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan writes, “Let Fr. Harvey Egan, a master not only of Fr. Rahner’s spirituality but also of spirituality itself, take you to this center of his life and theology and then on to its wonderful whole wide range.”