Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Theology and method

Broadening of horizon can be done by dealing with new immediate objects, or by operating on new mediated objects, or else through the mediation of operations. On the third way, Lonergan comments:
Fr Eric O'Connor, who is quite a mathematician, remarked to me that he would never have gotten anywhere in mathematics if he had not stopped and asked himself just what he was doing. (Lonergan, The Method of Theology, Institute at Regis College, Toronto, 1962)
This might shed light on Lonergan' repeated insistence that theologians would benefit by knowing just what they were up to when doing theology...

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