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1. A theologumenon is a proposition expressing a theological statement which cannot be directly regarded as official teaching of the Church, as dogma binding in faith, but which is the outcome and expression of an endeavour to understand the faith by establishing connections between binding doctrines of faith (see Analogy of Faith) and by confronting dogmatic teachings with the whole of secular experience and all a man — or an age — knows. Such a proposition need not necessarily materially differ from one which is actually of faith. It can be im…

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Karl Rahner, “Theologumenon”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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