A Source for the Gnosticization of Morality: Fr. Karl Rahner (Part 14)

Fourth, you object, “What about the anonymous theist?” I ask, “What anonymous theist?” You begin with the presupposition that there can be such a thing. I deny it. Grace presupposes nature. By that, I mean that grace does not contradict nature. Grace is to nature as “form” is to “matter”. And matter must be disposed for the form. You cannot make a knife out of water. Perhaps out of wood, but good luck eating Bison. Similarly, nature must be disposed to be the bearer of grace. If my mind says, “God does not exist,” then the virtue of faith which issues spontaneously in the act, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,” cannot co-exist in my mind. Rather, I must, inspired by actual graces working on me, repent of my atheism, be converted, embrace the true faith and thus confess that God really exists. If not, I cannot be said to have faith. And without faith, I cannot please God. And unless I die in a state pleasing to God, I cannot be saved. Therefore, the atheist in his current state is at enmity with God and cannot be saved in this state.