Important 20th-21st century Catholic theologians?

I want to begin reading the works of some recent theologians, especially within the last century.

Joseph Ratzinger
Karl Rahner

Those are… two. Hahaha. Who else has been influential, and what are they known for? I’ve studied Catholicism for a while now, but it’s often been at the level of popular theology (like apologetics, the Catechism) and familiarity with the saints and church fathers. But I need to go deeper.

UMMM whattttt… Karl Rahner didn’t believe in the Resurrection of Christ? I always hear about him. How could he be an important theologian if he didn’t believe in a literal, physical resurrection?

Hans Urs von Balthasar might be one you could look into. I haven’t read anything from him but I think he is pretty well known.


St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Dietrich von Hildebrand

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Karl Barth
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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