Method in Theology, Volume 12

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University of Toronto Press, 1990 - Religion - 405 pages
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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.

This is a reprint of the 1973 edition. A new annotated edition of Method in Theology will be published eventually as a part of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan.

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 members of the International Theological Commission by Pope Paul VI.

 

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Contents

THE HUMAN GOOD
27
meaning
57
religion
101
FUNCTIONAL SPECIALTIES
125
RESEARCH
149
HISTORY I75 i Nature and History
175
Historical Experience and Historical Knowledge
181
Critical History
185
Pluralism in Religious Language
276
Categories
281
General Theological Categories
285
Special Theological Categories
288
Use of the Categories
292
DOCTRINES
295
Functions
298
Variations
300

HISTORY AND HISTORIANS
197
Three Handbooks
198
Data and Facts
201
Three Historians
203
Verstehen
208
Perspectivism
214
Horizons
220
Heuristic Structures
224
Science and Scholarship
233
dialectic
235
Conversions and Breakdowns
237
The Issue
245
The Problem
247
The Structure
249
Dialectic as Method
251
Part One
253
Part Two
257
Part Three
262
A Supplementary Note
265
FOUNDATIONS
267
The Sufficiency of the Foundational Reality
269
Pluralism in Expression
271
Differentiations of Consciousness
302
Part One
305
Ongoing Contexts
312
Part Two
314
The Development of Doctrines
319
The Permanence of Dogmas
320
The Historicity of Dogmas
324
Pluralism and the Unity of Faith
326
The Autonomy of Theology
330
SYSTEMATICS
335
Closed Options
340
Mystery and Problem
344
Understanding and Truth
347
Continuity Development Revision
351
COMMUNICATIONS
355
Meaning and Ontology
356
Society State Church
358
The Christian Church and Its Contemporary Situation
361
The Church and the Churches
367
INDEX
369
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