Method in Theology

By Bernard Lonergan
Edited by Robert M. Doran and John D. Dadosky

© 2017

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.

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  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.2in
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In Method in Theology, Vol. 14, 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.

Method in Theology

By Bernard Lonergan
Edited by Robert M. Doran and John D. Dadosky

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.2in
  • 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 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.

  • Table of contents

    Part 1: Background

    The Human Good
    Meaning
    Religion
    Functional Specialties

    Part Two: Foreground

    Interpretation
    History
    History and Historians
    Dialectic
    Foundations
    Doctrines
    Systematics
    Communications
    The Church and the Churches