Death
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1. Introduction. It cannot be said that the theology of death usually receives in scholastic theology the attention which the theme deserves. People think they know from everyday experience what death is, and quickly turn to the question of what comes after death, as though the theology of death only began there. Yet death necessarily also contains within itself all the mysteries of man. As the Constitution Gaudium et Spes of Vatican II notes, it is the point where man in the most radical way becomes a question for himself, a question which God himself must answe…

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Karl Rahner, “Death”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_001030>
First published online: 2016



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