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I Remember an Autobiographical Interview With Meinold Krauss Hardcover – March, 1985
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While many of the topics covered in this autobiographical interview may be of prime interest to those who already have an interest in Karl Rahner and his writings, there are numerous topics as well that will be of interest to the reader interested in Christian and Catholic thought in the latter part of the 20th century. What is the meaning of declining belief in countries traditionally Catholic? What can a Christian say about the seeming opposition of science and religion or at least of the scarcity of serious dialogue between believers and those esteeming science who profess no belief? How might one say that an atheist or agnostic could be an "anonymous Christian?" If this is so, of what benefit is it to be a confessing Christian or Catholic Christian? Of more interest to Catholics perhaps are the questions Rahner deals with in reference to Church and papal authority, the role of a Catholic theologian and numerous anecdotes and views Rahner shares of recent popes from John XXIII to Benedict XVI (when he was a young theologian and later as a Cardinal) and his take on the stand or lack of stand that individual or national Churches took during the time of National Socialism in Germany.
This second book in what was to become in retrospect a series of three books assembled toward the end of his life collecting Rahner's informal views on life and the Church moved me the most. The first was "Conversations with Karl Rahner" and the last "Faith in a Wintry Season." It gave me more insight into his personal attitudes and motivation than the others, as valuable as they were in themselves.
Rahner's memories ranged from his experiences growing up in a family of nine near Freiburg in southwestern Germany, through his entry into the Jesuits, studies and teaching, major theological interests, involvement in Vatican II and his later years as a renowned and occasionally controversial theologian. Towards the end of interview Rahner sums up fittingly his simple and profound faith when he talks of death as when "you find yourself all the more in God's hands, and no longer in your own. And you are better protected and more secure in God's hands than where you think you must be in control at all costs."
A reader of this book is rewarded with some profound commentary on issues still of great interest to people of faith in this autobiographical profile of Karl Rahner.