Monday, June 26, 2006

Rahner the Calvinist? Or Calvin: the good Catholic

'Christ and his salvation are not simply one of two possibilities offering themselves to man's free choice; they are the deed of God which bursts open and redeems the false choice of man by overtaking it. In Christ God not only gives the possibility of salvation, which in that case would still have to be effected by man himself, but the actual salvation itself, however much this includes also the right decision of human freedom which is itself a gift from God. Where sin already existed, grace came in superabundance.'

- Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations V, 124

5 comments:

Rob said...

Yes.

Ben Myers said...

Or: Calvin the good Catholic.

byron said...

Though I suspect Calvin would be far more positive about being called 'catholic' than Rahner might be about accepting 'Calvinist'.

byron said...

Nonetheless, I'll feel at liberty to steal your suggestion as a second title! Thanks!

michael jensen said...

well since JPII was really a Barthian, I don't see why not!