Foundations of Christian faith? Karl Rahner's 'transcendental hermeneutics' and the postmodern critique

Jessica Wormley Murdoch, Fordham University

Abstract

The dissertation underscores the critical importance of a continued appeal to the fundamental theology of Karl Rahner in a postmodern context. Specifically, it offers a defense of Rahner's fundamental theology in light of the critique leveled by Francis Schüssler Fiorenza. Fiorenza, who roots his own fundamental theology in a self-consciously nonfoundationalist stance, argues that Rahner's method fails to be appropriately hermeneutical. The dissertation demonstrates that precisely because Rahner always begins with historical experience, his fundamental theology is hermeneutical: it is a "transcendental hermeneutics" Rahner's epistemologically nonfoundationalist "transcendental hermeneutics" both grounds the normative claims of Christian faith and meets the exigencies of postmodernity as exemplified by Fiorenza. ^

Subject Area

Religion, Philosophy of|Theology

Recommended Citation

Jessica Wormley Murdoch, "Foundations of Christian faith? Karl Rahner's 'transcendental hermeneutics' and the postmodern critique" (January 1, 2008). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3310429.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3310429

Share

COinS