The theological methodology of Bernard Lonergan
Moran, Edward Francis
Master of Arts
The purpose of the present work Is to state and examine the theological methodology of Bernard Lonergan. In seeking to achieve this objective, both his theological and philosophical writings are made use of. The first chapter deals with the analysis and understanding of Lonergan's concept of horizon. This phenomenological notion becomes an essential condition for understanding both cognition and method. In the second chapter there is an examination of the influential and historical background that led Lonergan to method and insight. The third and fourth chapters deal with both the philosophical and theological methods. Chapter III sets out the cognitional, epistemological, and metaphysical factors of the transcendental methodology. The following chapter is concerned with the theological aspect as it arises from the unification of both the transcendental method and a religious principle (conversion). The fifth chapter concludes with a critical analysis of Lonergan's essential ideas.