Early Works on Theological Method 1: Volume 22

By Bernard Lonergan Edited by Robert M. Doran and Robert C. Croken

© 2010

The renowned Christian theologian Bernard Lonergan was also a professor, teaching courses on theological method at universities in Canada, the United States, and Italy. This volume records his lectures and teaching materials, thus preserving and elucidating his intellectual development between the publication of Insight in 1957 and Method in Theology in 1972.

The present volume contains a record of the lectures delivered in 1962 (Regis College, Toronto), 1964 (Georgetown University), and 1968 (Boston College). This is the most 'interactive' volume yet published in the Collected Works series. The audio recordings of the 1962 and 1968 lectures are now available on the website www.bernardlonergan.com, as are PDF files of original papers from his 1964 institute at Georgetown. These lectures help to elucidate the development of Lonergan's ideas on such key notions as horizon, conversion, and meaning, as well as his evolving opinion on how best to divide theology into fields of specialization.

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These lectures help to elucidate the development of Lonergan's ideas on such key notions as horizon, conversion, and meaning, as well as his evolving opinion on how best to divide theology into fields of specialization.

Early Works on Theological Method 1: Volume 22

By Bernard Lonergan Edited by Robert M. Doran and Robert C. Croken

© 2010

The renowned Christian theologian Bernard Lonergan was also a professor, teaching courses on theological method at universities in Canada, the United States, and Italy. This volume records his lectures and teaching materials, thus preserving and elucidating his intellectual development between the publication of Insight in 1957 and Method in Theology in 1972.

The present volume contains a record of the lectures delivered in 1962 (Regis College, Toronto), 1964 (Georgetown University), and 1968 (Boston College). This is the most 'interactive' volume yet published in the Collected Works series. The audio recordings of the 1962 and 1968 lectures are now available on the website www.bernardlonergan.com, as are PDF files of original papers from his 1964 institute at Georgetown. These lectures help to elucidate the development of Lonergan's ideas on such key notions as horizon, conversion, and meaning, as well as his evolving opinion on how best to divide theology into fields of specialization.

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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.8in x 9.5in
  • Author Information

    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.


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


    Robert C. Croken is the former director of the Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College.

  • Table of contents

    General Editors' Preface, Robert M Doran

    PART ONE: Regis College Institute 'On the Method of Theology,' 9-20 July 1962

    1. Operations, the Subject, Objects, Method
    2. The Human Good, Meaning, and Differentiations of Consciousness
    3. Integration of Worlds and Contemporary Theological Problems
    4. Elements of Theology
    5. Beyond Extrinsicism and Immanentism
    6. Knowing, Believing, and Theology
    7. Transitions and Thematizations
    8. Positive and Systematic Theology, and Meaning
    9. Hermeutics
    10. History
    11. Discussion 1
    12. Discussion 2
    13. Discussion 3
    14. Discussion 4
    15. Discussion 5
    16. Discussion 6
    17. Discussion 7
    PART TWO: Avery Cardinal Dulles's Notes for Lonergan;s 'A Five-day Institute: The Method in Theology,' 13-17 July 1964, Georgetown University
    1. The Contemporary Problems
    2. Reason Illuminated by Faith
    3. Differentiation of Methods I
    4. Differentiation of Methods II
    5. Special Questions
    PART THREE: 'Transcendental Philosophy and the Study of Religion,' 3-12 July 1968, Boston College
    1. Method
    2. Method (continued), Functional Specialties, and an Introduction to Horizons and Categories
    3. Horizons and Categories
    4. The Human Good and Values
    5. Beliefs and Carriers of Meaning
    6. Analysis of Meaning and Introduction to Religion
    7. Religious Expression, Faith, Conversion
    8. Discussion 1
    9. Discussion 2
    10. Discussion 3
    11. Discussion 4
    12. Discussion 5
    13. Discussion 6

    Appendix: Hermeneutics
    Lexicon of Latin and Greek Words and Phrases
    Index