The Trinity in History: A Theology of the Divine Missions: Volume Two: Missions, Relations, and Persons

By Robert M. Doran

© 2019

The second volume of Robert M. Doran’s magisterial The Trinity in History continues his exploration of the Trinitarian theology of Bernard Lonergan, focusing now on the notions of relations and persons and connecting the systematic proposals with the so-called "Third Quest for the Historical Jesus." Doran not only interprets Lonergan’s major work in Trinitarian theology and Christology but also suggests at least a twofold advance: a new version of the psychological analogy for understanding Trinitarian doctrine and a new starting point for the whole of systematic theology. He links these theological concerns with René Girard’s mimetic theory, proposes a theory of history based in Lonergan’s scale of values, and creates a link between exegetical and historical scholarship and systematic theology.

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  • Series: Lonergan Studies
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  • Page Count: 272 pages
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Continuing to explore Lonergan’s Trinitarian theology, Volume 2 explores the "Third Quest for the Historical Jesus," a movement strongly influenced by the late Ben F. Meyer of McMaster University.

The Trinity in History: A Theology of the Divine Missions: Volume Two: Missions, Relations, and Persons

By Robert M. Doran

© 2019

The second volume of Robert M. Doran’s magisterial The Trinity in History continues his exploration of the Trinitarian theology of Bernard Lonergan, focusing now on the notions of relations and persons and connecting the systematic proposals with the so-called "Third Quest for the Historical Jesus." Doran not only interprets Lonergan’s major work in Trinitarian theology and Christology but also suggests at least a twofold advance: a new version of the psychological analogy for understanding Trinitarian doctrine and a new starting point for the whole of systematic theology. He links these theological concerns with René Girard’s mimetic theory, proposes a theory of history based in Lonergan’s scale of values, and creates a link between exegetical and historical scholarship and systematic theology.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lonergan Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.6in x 1.1in x 9.7in
  • Reviews

    "With sound scholarship and sophistication, not only does Robert M. Doran further prove himself to be an authority on Lonergan’s vast theological corpus, but he both initiates and advances important conversations with the work of Charles Taylor, René Girard, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. From the point of view of a systematic theologian, Doran creatively engages, in a quite innovative way, the work of scripture scholars Ben Meyer, among others, while also shedding light on questions that continue to arise about the legacy of Vatican II’s contribution to the church’s engagement with secularity and non-Christian religions in the light of the Council."


    Randall S. Rosenberg, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University

    "The Trinity in History, Volume Two pushes the boundaries of a Lonerganian-conceived exercise in systematic theology. This is a profound contribution to theological reflection on how the Trinity is an active presence in human history."


    Neil Ormerod, Executive Officer of Research Analytics, Sydney College of Divinity
  • Author Information

    Robert M. Doran is the Emmett Doerr Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at Marquette University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    1. Imitating the Divine Relation

    Overall Introduction to the Present Volume
    A General Note on Lonergan and Girard
    The Divine Relations and Their Imitations
    Autonomous Spiritual Processions
    The Duality of Consciousness and the Dialectic of Desire
    Imago Dei

    2. The Program

    Actual Grace
    Divine Relations and Persons
    A Relational System among the Created Terms
    Social Grace and Imitation of and Participation in Divine Circumincession
    Social Grace and the Mission of the Word

    3. Actual Grace and the Elevation of the Secular

    The Proposal
    Sacralizations and Secularizations Welcomed and Resisted
    The Problem
    Questions Posed by Vatican II and Pope John Paul II
    Help from Aquinas
    Lonergan on Actual Grace
    The Universal Mission of the Holy Spirit
    The Universal Mission of the Divine Word
    The Multi-religious Context and the Structure of Systematic Theology
    Charles Taylor’s Disjunctions

    4. The Relations That Are Imitated

    Doctrines and Systematics
    The Metaphysics of Relations
    Three Elements
    The Four Divine Relations
    Subsistent Relations
    Three Really Distinct Relations
    Divine Relations and the Divine Essence

    5. Mission and Person

    Introduction: Four Theses
    Lonergan’s History of the Notion of Person
    Balthasar’s History of the Notion of Person
    Lonergan on Person
    Person and Mission in Balthasar

    6. Transition to the Historical Jesus

    Jesus’ Human Consciousness and His Human Self-understanding
    Faith, Theology, and History
    Concluding Theses

    7. Ben F. Meyer, The Aims of Jesus, and the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus

    Two Affirmations
    Paul and Acts
    Gospel Literature
    Wright’s Comments and Contribution
    Conclusion

    Appendix: Theses Presented in the First Two Volumes of This Work

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