A Source for the Gnosticization of Morality: Fr. Karl Rahner (Part 16 – Part the Last)

Sixth, we must go right back to the core problem: Rahner’s identification of “concept” with “finitude”. The identification is false. Not every concept must be about that which is finite. Just as Kant was incorrect that all the categories regard only items in space and time and thus have no relevance whatsoever to whatever transcends time and space, so Rahner was incorrect that all concepts regard only finite items and thus have no direct relevance to He who transcends all finitude. We must, it is very true, be cautious about our application of concepts to God. However, caution is not rejection. They key is the authentic notion of analogy. I can have the concepts “being” and “good” and “true” and apply them to God, knowing that the application is supremely true and knowing that I do not know just how they obtain in the God who infinitely transcends me but judging with absolute certitude that indeed they do and having the likeness of their truth displayed before me in the evidence of the Book of Creation, in which God has spoken, and in the Face of Jesus, the God-man. (About Rahner’s Christology, in some future post. About his Sacramental theory, in some future post, though you might take interest in some items found in my podcast on his rhetoric.)