preapprehension


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The conversion to the phantasm, which links the intellect's knowledge of the universal concept to the sensate phantasm, reaches its term in the judgment only because the intellect can affirm the converted phantasm as a finite reality over against its preapprehension of infinite Being.
But since faith shows that such a revelation does in fact exist, faith makes it clear that general revelation exists within what Rahner calls the "supernatural existential." This means that categorial revelation shows that human intelligence reaches its full term, not in the merely implicit drive of the preapprehension for the Absolute, but in faith's explicit drive for the God who reveals himself in Christ.(38) The supernatural existential means that through the Incarnation Christ embodies the general revelation of the Absolute in time and space.
In fact, Rahner defines faith as the deliberate act that renders consciously explicit the implied content of the preapprehension of the infinite, which is the trinitarian form of God revealed in Christ.
But whereas Balthasar grounds this potential immediately in the anthropology revealed in1 the Incarnation, Rahner grounds it immediately in the preapprehension of the infinite, which only subsequently is shown to be grounded in the order of grace.
Of course the preapprehension of the Absolute, which establishes this center, is not explicitly mystical.
According to Rahner, this is the preapprehension of the Absolute, which is implicitly mystical and renders the corporeal senses and the imagination implicitly religious because they are intrinsically linked to it.