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The Theologian as Authentic Subject: Lonergan and the Centrality of Method

Wade, Alan (2012) The Theologian as Authentic Subject: Lonergan and the Centrality of Method. Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This thesis is concerned with understanding the relation between transcendent fulfilment of human life through relation to God, as declared in Church teaching, and finite fulfilment through knowing and loving. It is dependent on the work of Bernard Lonergan SJ in arguing that understandings of the cognitional connection between subjectivity and objectivity have direct foundational implications for theology. Comparison and contrast is used to demonstrate the effect of ‘conceptualist’ and ‘intellectualist’ approaches. Authenticity of meanings and values is understood as resulting from sustained faithfulness to transcendental precepts of being attentive, intelligent, reasonable and responsible. Religious conversion, theology’s foundational reality, adds the further precept of complete self-transcendence through unconditional being-in-love which involves ongoing conversion towards authenticity and consistent renunciation of unauthenticity. It is maintained that since conceptual formulations bear the marks of an originating context, theology must always be contemporary and authenticity in regard to raising and answering questions is vital, requiring openness to collaboration, further knowledge, and further questions by religious traditions and theologians. The manner in which Christian faith is held to be true is as fundamental as truth itself.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Bernard Lonergan, theological method, authenticity, religious conversion
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 03:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2012 03:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1083

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