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Bernard Lonergan was a major figure in the development of the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and what would later become Concordia University in Montreal, with both of which institutions I am associated Reading one of his two major works was a gesture of so called cultural goodwill on my part Nobody would accuse Lonergan of being unpredictable He distinguishes eight functional specialties at the end of part 1 research, interpretation, history, dialectic, foundations conversion , doctri Bernard Lonergan was a major figure in the development of the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and what would later become Concordia University in Montreal, with both of which institutions I am associated Reading one of his two major works was a gesture of so called cultural goodwill on my part Nobody would accuse Lonergan of being unpredictable He distinguishes eight functional specialties at the end of 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 one chapter to each functional specialty in part 2 Nobody would accuse him of not practicing what he preaches, either His approach is an embodiment 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 ensure objectivity apart from self transcendence only generates illusions And as Jacques Lacan never tired of repeating style is the man It is here that I have some objections Lonergan s endless taxonomies are tiresome Once he has distinguished x number of different categories, he goes on to distinguish y number of subcategories Where do they come from He does not say most of the time but it is hardly a surprise that the book exudesor less openly articulated sympathy with Aristotle and the scholastics, notably Aquinas, to the point of being apologetic of them It is hard not to find this approach pedantic That impression is only deepened by such a relatively minor point as his idiosyncratic grammatical structures, especially the hybridized there is and the passive voice There has been outlined the structure of a dialectic, and now there must be asked whether it satisfies the definition of method Where does he get that from There may be surmised that he is emulating J.H.Newman while making his prose as inelegant as Newman s was elegant On the other hand, once the reader has surmounted these obstacles, the taxonomic approach shows its strength Thanks to his methodology, Lonergan keeps pushing his argument to areas where few have gone before Not 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 nail on the head by articulating what pretty much everyone knows but never thought of spelling out The skeletal structure also allows for improvisation when one fleshes it out As Lonergan quotes some authority, history is understood in the process of changing it The final note is, unexpectedly, that of elegance which one derives from perceiving a solidly structured argument Bottomline I will definitely go on to read Lonergan s previous work, Insight Tons of food for thought in terms of theology versus religious studies in terms of the methodology the approach and questions employed by the respective disciplines But he goes beyond that to offer an interesting account of human thought, learning, and development. A meaningful, detailed, albeit dry account of 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 of contemporary intellectual pursuits while maintaining a robust faith that consistently calls one beyond oneself Although Lonergan s efforts are sometimes dated by use of modernity s fav A meaningful, detailed, albeit dry account of 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 of contemporary intellectual pursuits while maintaining a robust faith that consistently calls one beyond oneself Although Lonergan s efforts are sometimes dated by use of modernity s favorite concepts transcendental method for one the reality is we all start from somewhere and there is no such thing as presuppositionless method what he poetically calls the Principle of the Empty Head In our case in the industrialized world, Be attentive, be intelligent, be rational, be responsible still have great resonance Perhaps his division of theology into the eight functional specialties is a bit too schematic, but the realization that different areas require different emphases in application of these four transcultural principles is a pearl of great price As with many theological authors that are philosophically bent, Lonergan tends to repeat himself too much and often spends far too much time on too many fine points But for those who can endure the resulting dry reading, it is well worth it It has been and likely can continue to be quite useful in an ecumenical context as well Perhaps one of the most profound and useful illustrations of how we come to know anything This is a significant contribution to philosophy, theology and cognition The concept of the General Empirical Method and Functional Specialties offers fertile opportunity for ground breaking work in each of these fields and certainly beyond [ EPUB ] ♲ Method in Theology: Volume 14 ♻ 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 processThis is a reprint of theedition A new annotated edition of Method in Theology will be published eventually as a part of the Collected Works of Bernard LonerganBernard Lonergan , 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 inand was named as an original members of the International Theological Commission by Pope Paul VI This is a tough one Slowly becomingandrewarding This book is better every time I read it. A must read for methodology, especially for theologians. Did not fully understand it Good theologian to know I need to re read this someday