Karl Rahner

1904 - 1984

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Karl Rahner, (5 March 1904 – 30 March 1984) was a German Jesuit priest and theologian who, alongside Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Yves Congar, is considered to be one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century. He was the brother of Hugo Rahner, also a Jesuit scholar. Rahner was born in Freiburg, at the time a part of the Grand Duchy of Baden, a state of the German Empire; he died in Innsbruck, Austria. Before the Second Vatican Council, Rahner had worked alongside Congar, de Lubac, and Marie-Dominique Chenu, theologians associated with an emerging school of thought called the Nouvelle Théologie, elements of which had been condemned in the encyclical Humani generis of Pope Pius XII. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Rahner has received more than 351,584 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Karl Rahner is the 366th most popular philosopher (up from 388th in 2019), the 849th most popular biography from Germany (up from 871st in 2019) and the 50th most popular German Philosopher.

Karl Rahner was a catholic theologian who is most famous for his work in the area of systematic theology. He is also noted for his work in the area of Christian spirituality.

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Among philosophers, Karl Rahner ranks 366 out of 1,089Before him are Masanobu Fukuoka, Antonio Negri, Maurice Halbwachs, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, H. L. A. Hart, and John of Salisbury. After him are Heinrich Rickert, Gennadius Scholarius, Rudolf Otto, Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, and Pompeia Plotina.

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Among people born in 1904, Karl Rahner ranks 43Before him are Joseph Campbell, Werner Forssmann, Ève Curie, George F. Kennan, Louis Néel, and George Balanchine. After him are Clifford D. Simak, Héctor Castro, John Gielgud, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Donald O. Hebb, and Arshile Gorky. Among people deceased in 1984, Karl Rahner ranks 30Before him are Viktor Shklovsky, Philippe Ariès, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Martin Ryle, Ahmed Sékou Touré, and Dmitry Ustinov. After him are Vicente Aleixandre, Irwin Shaw, Yılmaz Güney, Jiro Miyake, Henri Michaux, and Count Basie.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Rahner ranks 849 out of 5,289Before him are Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752), Nina Hagen (1955), Gustav Radbruch (1878), Dietmar Hopp (1940), Hugo Boss (1885), and Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse (1868). After him are Rudolf Otto (1869), Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg (1371), Johannes Frießner (1892), Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795), Helmut Schön (1915), and Emanuel Schikaneder (1751).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Karl Rahner ranks 50Before him are David Strauss (1808), Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743), Hermann Cohen (1842), Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), Moses Hess (1812), and Wilhelm Windelband (1848). After him are Rudolf Otto (1869), Gershom Scholem (1897), Franz Rosenzweig (1886), Christian Thomasius (1655), Johannes Althusius (1563), and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775).