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In the epistemology of theology, the terms intrinsic and extrinsic refer to the relationship between fundamental theological reflection and the contents of the Christian faith. This relationship is described as intrinsic when the contents of faith are the subject of fundamental theological argumentation. K. Rahner, in particular, criticized fundamental theological extrinsicism. In the doctrine of grace, the terms intrinsic and extrinsic describe the relationship between nature and grace. T…

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Schlapkohl, Corinna, “Intrinsic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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