Mystagogy and Mission: The Challenge of Nonbelief and the Task of Theology
Christian engagement with nonbelievers is problematic when believing itself proves difficult even for people of faith. A recovery of the original unity of the fides quae (the “content” of faith held in belief) and the fides qua (how faith’s content is lived) can lead to a deeper sense of believing. Rahner’s understanding of faith as a “mystagogy” that leads to mission serves as a framework for recovering that original unity, and for addressing the contemporary problem of belief, not only for nonbelievers, but also for believers themselves.
Crowley, P. (2015). Mystagogy and Mission: The Challenge of Nonbelief and the Task of Theology. Theological Studies, 76(1), 7–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563914565541