This book illuminates the nature and locus of authority in the Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical dialogue by comparing the concepts of Word of God, church and office in the thought of Catholic theologian Karl Rahner (1904-1984) and Lutheran theologian Gerhard Ebeling (1912- ). The study examines the ontological, anthropological, linguistic and hermeneutical principles underlying their positions. The result is the discovery of some areas of surprising convergence as well as fundamental differences. Finally, the author proposes how, despite deep differences, Rahner's and Ebeling's views are complementary rather than contradictory.
The Author: The author recently received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. from Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio, and an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which awarded him the Eliza Catherine Smith Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies. In addition to being a theologian, he is a professional church musician in the Washington D.C. area. He has published articles on the philosophy of art and religion, ecumenical theology and clergy-musician relationships.
John B Ackley
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
American University Studies, Series 7: Theology & Religion