THE CHRISTIAN IN THE MARKET PLACE by Karl Rahner

THE CHRISTIAN IN THE MARKET PLACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There is a notable tendency among publishers (more to be regretted by authors than lamented by reviewers) to print any and every stray sermonette, address or allocation pronounced by a theologian, any theologian of world renown. The present volume is a result of that tendency; it contains nine pieces -- addresses, sermons, etc. -- delivered on various occasions by Father Rahner. As may be expected, there is a great deal of variation in level of presentation (e.g., one piece is a talk delivered to The Bavarian Union of Catholic Societies for the Protection of Young Girls, while others are reprints from scholarly and professional journals, etc.) and, as a super-numeracy and unexpected disadvantage, the translations are uniform only in their poor quality. Further, the reader will be hard put to understand what such pieces as ""The Theological Meaning of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus"" and ""Ignatian Spirituality and Devotion to the Heart of Jesus"" are doing in a book dealing, purportedly, with the Christian in the market place. There are indeed elements of the great Rahner in the book, such as the final selection on obedience, but, on the whole, there is too much of the contingent and too little of the essential in these selections to make them worth reading.

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 1966
Publisher: Sheed & Ward