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Immanentism is the name given to the doctrine or attitude which excludes transcendence, that is, the reference to “the other” in any form whatever, on the grounds that this other is to be found equivalently in the subject itself. Immanentism, therefore, substitutes a false concept of “inwardness” or of commitment to the world, to eliminate the authentic religious attitude, which is the adoring recognition of God as the “wholly other”, and the thankful acceptance of the surprises of his grace throughout history.

1. The forms of immanentism. The normal distinction is between episte…

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Peter Henrici, “Immanentism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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