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Balthasar and Rahner on the Spiritual Senses

Stephen M Fields SJ. "Balthasar and Rahner on the Spiritual Senses." Theological Studies 57 (1996): 224-41.

The doctrine of the "spiritual senses" treats the interplay among the human person's sensate, intellectual, and volitional faculties as they strive toward knowledge of God. Thirty years separate Rahner's and Balthasar's studies of this topic in Bonaventure. They develop remarkably different interpretations because they are shaped by different ways of understanding how faith elevates human sensibility into a theandric synthesis. Rahner sees the senses' object as the infinite God because he places the preapprehension of infinite being at the heart of his correlational method. Balthasar sees their object as the Christ-form whose beauty lies in the heart of his theological aesthetics.

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