Philosophy and Theology

Volume 10, Issue 1, 1997

David Coffey
Pages 255-284

Rahner’s Theology of Fundamental Option

This article shows that in Rahner’s theology fundamental option is related to the exercise of the moral virtues via the act of love of neighbor. Further, it explores whether a specific act of love of neighbor is possible, and finds that in an important sense it is. Finally, it examines the question of change of fundamental option, and shows how this investigation holds promise for the theory of moral development and a renewal of the practice of penance in the Church.