The Karl Rahner Society (KRS)


Karl Rahner (1904-1984) was a German Jesuit who made a profound contribution to Catholic theology in the twentieth century.

His role as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council, his 1651 publications (4744 counting reprints and translations), his involvement in international theological debate, his impact on students who attended his classes, and his positive reception by many Protestant thinkers, all contributed to his influence on theology today.

The Karl Rahner Society was founded in 1991 by American scholars to promote Rahner studies, as well as the publication of his works in English, reflection on his thought and spirit, and collaboration among scholars concerned with his work. The purposes of the Society include:

  • the publication of critical editions of his works in English
  • carrying forward the spirit of Rahner's enterprise, particularly in the fields of theology and philosophy
  • collaboration with other scholarly groups concerned with his work.
  • The Society meets once a year in conjunction with the annual convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America.

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