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In Catholic theology, “extrinsicism” refers to those definitions of the relationship between nature and grace that emphasize its external features (extrinsece) and thus neglect the experience of grace. M. Blondel criticized the extrinsic elements of the Catholic natura pura concept; K. Rahner developed his fundamental theology in reaction to extrinsicism. In a theoretical sense, extrinsic can also characterize the relationship between the enterprise of fundamental theology and the content of faith (Intrinsic).


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Saarinen, Risto, “Extrinsic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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