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Freedom - Theological
(1,280 words)

Part of Freedom:

1. Biblical

2. Philosophical

3. Theological

1. The elaboration of the ecclesiastical and theological notion of freedom was carried on from the start in a dialogue with the philosophical notion of freedom throughout its history. To a great extent the two concepts were almost indistinguishable, and they always acted and reacted on one another. For the moment, however, the influence of modern thinking on freedom — in the debate between metaphysics and “after metaphysics” — has only been felt here and there.

In the documents of the magisterium, freedom is usually un…

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Karl Rahner, “Freedom - Theological”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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