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Method in Theology

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Method in Theology stands, with Insight, as Bernard Lonergan's most important work. It is Lonergan's answer to those who would argue that in this time of cultural change and dissolution the believer is afloat on a sea of multiplying theologies, without rudder or compass. Lonergan was resolute in his refusal to be defeatist on this point. While agreeing that theology must ...more
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Published June 1st 1990 by University of Toronto Press (first published April 1st 1972)
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Jun 29, 2011 Johnny rated it it was ok
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Remember the years when philosophers would rave over “symbolic logic,” that genre which attempted to distill questions of meaning into mathematical algorithms, so precise that one’s arguments would not be misconstrued? There are still “symbolic logic” courses and still some advocates of such in university philosophy departments, but it is no longer the rage. In reading Bernard Lonergan’s Method in Theology, one gets the sense that Lonergan would have been somewhat comfortable with the idea of ma ...more
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Bernard Lonergan was a major figure in the development of the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and what would later become Concordia University in Montreal, with both of which institutions I am associated. Reading one of his two major works was a gesture of so-called cultural goodwill on my part. Nobody would accuse Lonergan of being unpredictable. He distinguishes eight "functional specialties" at the end of part 1: research, interpretation, history, dialectic, foundations (conversion), ...more
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Aug 08, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it
A meaningful, detailed, albeit dry account of trying to establish a method in Christian theology to ensure that all believers and all theologians remain faithful to the truth to which they come as we grow in knowledge and experience. Certainly, a must-read for Catholics who want to be attentive to the precepts of contemporary intellectual pursuits while maintaining a robust faith that consistently calls one beyond oneself. Although Lonergan's efforts are sometimes dated by use of modernity's ...more
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Perhaps one of the most profound and useful illustrations of how we come to know anything. This is a significant contribution to philosophy, theology and cognition. The concept of the General Empirical Method and Functional Specialties offers fertile opportunity for ground-breaking work in each of these fields and certainly beyond!
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Jun 11, 2012 BHodges rated it really liked it
Tons of food for thought in terms of theology versus religious studies in terms of the methodology (the approach and questions) employed by the respective disciplines. But he goes beyond that to offer an interesting account of human thought, learning, and development.
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Fr. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, CC, SJ (1904-1984) was a Canadian Jesuit Priest. He was a philosopher-theologian in the Thomist tradition and an economist from Buckingham, Quebec. He taught at Loyola College (Montreal) (now Concordia University), Regis College (now federated within the University of Toronto), the Pontifical Gregorian University and Boston College.

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