Notice to Contributors for the “Rahner Papers”

Philosophy & Theology prefers articles submitted by standard post in a format readable by Mac and PC (floppy disc or CD ROM). WordPerfect and Word are preferred word processors; if another application is used, include a second version saved in ASCII (= plain text) or RTF (= rich text format). Always include a clean hardcopy (= no marks or handwriting) for reference; if for any reason your disk is unreadable the hardcopy can be scanned. If you cannot supply your article on disk, send a clean typescript in standard typewriter font (e.g., Courier) or printer font (e.g., Times), with nothing written on any page, and we will scan it using our OCR software. Besides sending disk and hardcopy via the US mail, UPS, FedEx, etc., articles may be sent via the Internet as e-mail attachments to:

Dr. Richard Penaskovic, Ex-officio member
Editor of the “Rahner Papers” for Philosophy & Theology
581 Cross Creek Rd.
Auburn, AL 36832

Please include a paragraph-long Abstract at the beginning of the essay and in the cover letter provide a very brief curriculum vitae indicating where you did graduate studies, your current academic affiliation and any recent articles or previous work on Rahner’s thought.


For pure references (no content): Do not create notes. For reference style we follow The Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition), which is the author+date method of citation. In practice this means that instead of reference endnotes or footnotes, an alphabetical list of Works Cited (or Bibliography) is placed at the end of the article and referred to in the text in parentheses thus: (Smith 1991, 123-24). In all other matters we impose no style of our own where The Chicago Manual of Style leaves a style decision to the author. (For samples see a current issue.)

For footnotes (with content): Because the disk version of Philosophy & Theology   in disk format now appears as an Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) file, which permits footnotes, we no longer require omission of notes. Good scholarly style still prefers footnotes over endnotes in order to obviate the need to flip to the end of an article to find endnotes. Nevertheless, good style also favors spare content notes, and in order to keep footnotes to a minimum authors should examine their content notes, decide what can be incorporated into the text (perhaps in parentheses) and try to omit the rest, keeping only the necessary as footnotes.

About References to Theological Investigations:  Because so many of the articles in the “Rahner Papers” cite Theological Investigations, we ask that the “in text” citations include within parentheses TI, followed with no punctuation by the volume number in Arabic numerals, followed by a colon and the pages, for example: (TI 2: 235-64). The “Works Cited” at the end of the article should list the essays cited from Theological Investigations sorted by volume and page number as in the example below.

Rahner, Karl, S.J. 1961-1992. Theological Investigations. 23 vols. London, Baltimore, and New York.

__________.TI 1: 229-96. Theological Reflections on Monogenism.

__________.TI 1: 265-82. Guilt and Remission: The Borderland between Theology and Psychotherapy.

__________.TI 2: 217-34. On the Question of a Formal Existential Ethics.

__________.TI 3: 385-400. Science as a Confession.

__________.TI 4: 165-88. Nature and Grace.

__________.TI 5: 157-92. Christology With an Evolutionary View of the World.

__________. 1968. Spirit in the World. Translated by William Dych, S. J. New York.

Some special notation is acceptable to account for something such as the first date of publication (often different from the date of the Schriften  volume) if that is important to the argument of the article. The first reference to TI in the “Works Cited” would note that the date of first publication is noted after the page numbers in square brackets as in the following example.

Rahner, Karl, S.J. 1961-1992. Theological Investigations. 23 vols. London, Baltimore, and New York. Dates in brackets indicates the year the article was originally published.

__________.TI 16: 3-23. [1973] The Foundation of Belief Today.

__________.TI 16: 81-103. [1932] The ‘Spiritual Senses’ According to Origin.

__________.TI 16: 199-224. [1974] The One Christ and the Universality of Salvation.

__________.TI 19: 3-15. [1979] Foundations of Christian Faith.

The same procedures should be followed for references to Schriften zur Theologie (ST).

Please comply with accepted guidelines for nonsexist, gender neutral language.


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