Title Method in Theology
Subtitle Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan
Author Bernard Lonergan, Robert M. Doran, John D. Dadosky
ISBN 9781487522247
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No of pages 456
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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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 continually change to mediate between religion and culture, he worked out an integral method to guide and control this ongoing process. Method in Theology is the fruit of this labour.

This critical edition has benefited from extensive research into Lonergan’s typescripts and from consulting the recordings from several institutes where he lectured over the course of the work’s development. Lonergan’s intention was to provide a set of methods that would guide a collaborative community in the ongoing construction of a theology that would move from recovery of the data through resolution of conflicts to contemporary formulations and applications. With this work, the cognitional theory of Insight: A Study of Human Understanding underwent a surprising set of developments in the form of what he calls functional specialization.


General Editors’ Preface (Robert M. Doran)




Chapter 1: Method • A Preliminary Notion • The Basic Pattern of Operations • Transcendental Method • The Functions of Transcendental Method

Chapter 2: The Human Good • Skills • Feelings • The Notion of Value • Judgments of Value • Beliefs • The Structure of the Human Good • Progress and Decline

Chapter 3: Meaning • Intersubjectivity • Intersubjective Meaning • Art • Symbols • Linguistic Meaning • Incarnate Meaning • Elements of Meaning • Functions of Meaning • Realms of Meaning • Stages of Meaning • Early Language • The Greek Discovery of Mind • The Second and Third Stages • Undifferentiated Consciousness in the Later Stages

Chapter 4: Religion • The Question of God • Self-Transcendence • Religious Experience • Expressions of Religious Experience • Religious Development Dialectical • The Word • Faith • Religious Belief • A Technical Note

Chapter 5: Functional Specialties • Three Types of Specialization • An Eightfold Division • Grounds of the Division • The Need for Division • A Dynamic Unity • Conclusion


Chapter 6: Research

Chapter 7: Interpretation • Basic Exegetical Operations • Understanding the Object • Understanding the Words • Understanding the Author • Understanding Oneself • Judging the Correctness of One’s Interpretation • A Clarification • Stating the Meaning of the Text

Chapter 8: History • Nature and History • Historical Experience and Historical Knowledge • Critical History

Chapter 9: History and Historians • Three Handbooks • Data and Facts • Three Historians • Verstehen • Perspectivism • Horizons • Heuristic Structures • Science and Scholarship

Chapter 10: Dialectic • Horizons • Conversions and Breakdowns • Dialectic: The Issue • Dialectic: The Problem • Dialectic: The Structure • Dialectic as Method • The Dialectic of Methods: Part 1 • The Dialectic of Methods: Part 2 • The Dialectic of Methods: Part 3 • A Supplementary Note

Chapter 11: Foundations • Foundational Reality • The Sufficiency of the Foundational Reality • Pluralism in Expression • Pluralism in Religious Language • Categories • General Theological Categories • Special Theological Categories • Use of the Categories

Chapter 12: Doctrines • Varieties • Functions • Variations • Differentiations of Consciousness • The Ongoing Discovery of Mind: Part 1 • Ongoing Contexts • The Ongoing Discovery of Mind: Part 2 • The Development of Doctrines • The Permanence of Dogmas • The Historicity of Dogmas • Pluralism and the Unity of Faith • The Autonomy of Theology

Chapter 13: Systematics • The Function of Systematics • Closed Options • Mystery and Problem • Understanding and Truth • Continuity, Development, Revision

Chapter 14: Communications • Meaning and Ontology • Common Meaning and Ontology • Society, State, Church • The Christian Church and Its Contemporary Situation • The Church and the Churches

Appendix 1: The New Context • From Logic to Method • From the Posterior Analytics to Modern Science • Human Nature and Human History • From Soul to Subject • Transcendental Method • From First Principles to Transcendental Method • The New Theology

Appendix 2: Dialectic and Foundations • Dialectic • Dialectic as Methodical Strategy • A Note on the Will • Dialectic and Religion • Foundations: Religion and Conversion • The Threefold Conversion • What Is Founded by Foundations?

Latin and Greek Words and Phrases




About the Author:

Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984), a professor of theology, taught at Regis College, Harvard University, and Boston College. An established author known for his Insight and Method in Theology, Lonergan received numerous honorary doctorates, was a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1971 and was named as an original member of the International Theological Commission by Pope Paul VI.

About the Editors:

Robert M. Doran is the Emmett Doerr Professor in Catholic Systematic Theology at Marquette University.

John D. Dadosky is an associate professor of philosophy and theology at Regis College at the University of Toronto.

Target Audience:

People interested in Philosophy.


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