Bernard J.F. Lonergan: Method in Theology



Ficult to discern the weight f importance within the subjects discussedFor example he begins with the assertion that method reuires A Philosophy of Cinematic Art operations Byperations he essentially means what I mean when I tell budding game designers to build a verb list The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of what the player is to do before starting to design a game Lonergan starts his descriptionf White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs operations with a 19 verb list seeing hearing touching smelling tasting inuiring imagining understanding conceiving formulating reflecting marshalling and weighing the evidence judging deliberating evaluating deciding speaking and writing p 6 Then he breaks theperations down into four characteristics 1 all f these verbs are transitive 2 all verbs reuire a subject to perate Scab on anbject p 7 3 these verbs lead to introspection in the sense f bjectifying said Indo No Kao object and 4 different levelsf intentionality and consciousness must be distinguished when these verbs are used p 8 But that s not all He breaks down that fourth consideration into four parts a the empirical level f sensory experience and collection b the intellectual level f inuiry hypothesizing and understanding c the rational level in which the empirical and intellectual are weighed in a logical seuence and d the responsible level at which the individual decides and carries Giant Peach Yodel out decisions basedn previous deliberation p 9 In the same way Lonergan delineates five acts Sinai and Zion of meaning 1 potential refers to theriginal sensing and initial understanding f dataexperience 2 formal signifies that conceptual work f clarifying the initial understanding 3 judging describes the evaluation f that understanding 4 active meaning suggests that ne has come to a conclusion decisive enough to provoke action and 5 instrumental acts f meaning ccur when Iniquity one expressesne s conclusions in action walking the talk so to speak pp 74 75 In similar fashion he ffers three critical uestions in epistemology 1 What am I doing when I m knowing 2 Why is doing that knowing And 3 What do I know when I do it p 83 Three pages later he ffers three steps in language development 1 discovery f indicative signification 2 generalization and 3 communication through intersubjective indicative mimetic and analogic expression pp 86 87 He lists seven common areas f world religions n p 109 eight functional specialties for theology n pp 127 133 four factors which exacerbate the hermeneutical problem Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook on p 154 four aspectsf understanding the text n p 155 three steps in writing history n p 184 three stages Livin' de Life of evidencen p 186 four parts The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the historian s taskn p 198 four distinct realms Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of mental actsn p 257 nine different differentiations Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of typesf The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta operating in general theology pp 286 7 three ways in which the dynamic statef grace is manifested p 289 ten differentiations f consciousness from immediacy to interiority pp 303 305 three causes f pluralism p 326 five rules for communicating doctrine in a pluralistic culture p 330 and finally comes back to an earlier eight stages in his methodology the functional specialties for theology from pp 127 133 research interpretation history dialectic foundations doctrines systematic and communications p 355One f the very positive bservations for me in this book is Lonergan s insistence that undifferentiated consciousness ie ur encounter with the Holy the Transcendent the Love f God is transcultural but to preach the gospel to all men calls for at least as many preachers as there are differing places and times and it reuires each f them to get to know the people to whom he r she is sent their ways Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of thought their manners their stylef speech p 276 reiterated in different form Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars on p 328 Lonergan thus seems to echo Paul s Roman letter in suggesting that there is a natural theology discovered in human insightf the transcendent but it is necessary for it to evolve into specific theology in The Witches Ball order to meet the specific needsf individual humans and cult. Ing that theology must continually change to mediate between religion and culture he worked Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book out an integral method to guide and control thisngoing processThis is a reprint f the 1973 edition A new annotated edition f Method in Theology will be published eventually as a part f the Collected Works f Bernard LonerganBernard Lonergan 1904 19.

Bernard Lonergan was a major figure in the development The Deadline of the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and what would later become Concordia University in Montreal with bothf which institutions I am associated Reading ne f his two major works was a gesture Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of so called cultural goodwilln my part Nobody would accuse Lonergan f being unpredictable He distinguishes eight functional specialties at the end f part 1 research interpretation history dialectic foundations conversion doctrines systematics and communication They are like eight wings in his basic grand theory And sure enough Lonergan dedicates ne chapter to each functional specialty in part 2 Nobody would accuse him f not practicing what he preaches either His approach is an embodiment Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of the method he is talking about However as he explains there is also a personal component to his method As he paraphrases John Henry Newman To attempt to ensurebjectivity apart from self transcendence Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) only generates illusions And as Jacues Lacan never tiredf repeating style is the man It is here that I have some Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History objections Lonergan s endless taxonomies are tiresome Once he has distinguished x numberf different categories he goes Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio on to distinguish y numberf subcategories Where do they come from He does not say most Regarde, c'est maman ! of the time but it is hardly a surprise that the book exudesr less The Bricklayer openly articulated sympathy with Aristotle and the scholastics notably Auinas to the pointf being apologetic f them It is hard not to find this approach pedantic That impression is nly deepened by such a relatively minor point as his idiosyncratic grammatical structures especially the hybridized there is and the passive voice There has been Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation outlined the structuref a dialectic and now there must be asked whether it satisfies the definition The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of method Where does he get that from There may be surmised that he is emulating JHNewman while making his prose as inelegant as Newman s was elegant On thether hand nce the reader has surmounted these bstacles the taxonomic approach shows its strength Thanks to his methodology Lonergan keeps pushing his argument to areas where few have gone before Not Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West only is he discovering known unknowns but he also takes a look at the unknown knowns Especially in what he says about history he hits the nailn the head by articulating what pretty much everyone knows but never thought Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off of spellingut The skeletal structure also allows for improvisation when ne fleshes it ut As Lonergan uotes some authority history is understood in the process We, the People of changing it The final note is unexpectedly thatf elegance which Single one derives from perceiving a solidly structured argument Bottomline I will definitely gon to read Lonergan s previous work Insight Tons f food for thought in terms f theology versus religious studies in terms f the methodology the approach and uestions employed by the respective disciplines But he goes beyond that to ffer an interesting account f human thought learning and development Did not fully understand it Remember the years when philosophers would rave ver symbolic logic that genre which attempted to distill uestions f meaning into mathematical algorithms so precise that ne s arguments would not be misconstrued There are still symbolic logic courses and still some advocates Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of such in university philosophy departments but it is no longer the rage In reading Bernard Lonergan s Method in Theologyne gets the sense that Lonergan would have been somewhat comfortable with the idea The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of mathematical precision Oh to be sure his epistemology wouldn t admit that manipulating symbolsn their wn is sufficient to accomplish either the work f theology Rescuing a Werewolf or philosophy but he has a penchant for creating lists numbered lists inrder to define his terms and processes as thoroughly as a mathematical euation The Making Women Pay only trouble is that by the timene has read a dozen lists in the same chapter it is dif. 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 GloomCookie of cultural change and dissolution the believer is afloatn a sea f multiplying theologies without rudder r compass Lonergan was resolute in his refusal to be defeatist n this point While agree.

Ures This would partially explain the reason for so much pluralism even within Christianity and takes seriously the idea f human learningunderstandingAnother insight that particularly inspired me was Lonergan s illustration With Bound Hands of theology in action as being like a giant pairf scissors with the upper blade being the categories Rim of the Pit of understanding and the lower blade being the dataf existence Between the two blades just as in the sciences the upper blade is mathematical method and the bottom blade is data the work is done p 293 This insight reminds us that we theologians cannot merely rest You Can Beat the Odds on the theoretical but must take the riskf dealing with the data which is physical as wellAdditionally instructive was Lonergan s bservation that theological work has to be both distinct from and dependent n the normativeness attributed to divine revelation inspired scripture r church doctrine p 299 You can be I had to re read that line several times but I like it Theological work has to be distinct from these three authorities because it has to align itself with the milieu in which the work is being done and because it has to interpret for its wn age and the theologian s individual life and not just regurgitate the wording f the past At the same time theological work cannot afford to lose the essential truth f the three authorities so the distinctive ideas have to be constantly weighed against the traditional authorities It is indeed a balancing act but uite worthwhile in my pinion He underscores this argument with the suggestion that we understand the need f this distinctive yet dependent approach in the work Baltimore Catechism No. 2 of the missionary but we need to see thatur Mic manual de campanie electorală own culture is constantly changing as well Thereforeur approaches need to change too p 301 One The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects of my favorite uotations was in his discussionf doctrine Lonergan wrote Again doctrines are not just doctrines They are constitutive both f the individual Christian and f the Christian community They can strengthen One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones or burden the individual s allegiance They can uniter disrupt They can confer authority and power It is not in some vacuum Just Joking of pure spirit but under concrete historical conditions and circumstances that developmentsccur and a knowledge f such conditions and circumstances is not irrelevant in the evaluational history that decides n the legitimacy Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) of developments pp 319 320But as Lonergan warns in his introduction this book is about doing theology than actually working through any particularly new insights in theology I did learn about methodology and resonate a lot with Lonergann how to approach theology and why we need to approach theology with fresh eyes but I was hoping for specific examples than this volume happened to yield Perhaps ne f the most profound and useful illustrations f how we come to know anything This is a significant contribution to philosophy theology and cognition The concept f the General Empirical Method and Functional Specialties ffers fertile pportunity for ground breaking work in each The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais of these fields and certainly beyond This book is better every time I read it A must read for methodology especially for theologians A meaningful detailed albeit dry accountf 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 Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! of contemporary intellectual pursuits while maintaining a robust faith that consistently callsne beyond neself Although Lonergan s efforts are sometimes dated by use f modernity s favorite concepts transcendental method for Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery one the reality is we all start from somewhere and there is no such thing as presuppositionless method what he poetically calls t This is a toughne Slowly becoming and rewarding Good theologian to know I need to re read this someda. 84 a professor Disowned 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 Companionf the Order Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of Canada in 1971 and was named as anriginal members f the International Theological Commission by Pope Paul

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