Monday, 16 February 2009

Faith and progress

A stunning line from Lonergan:
For faith and progress have a common root in man's cognitional and moral self-transcendence. To promote either is to promote the other indirectly. Faith places human progress in a friendly universe; it reveals the ultimate significance in human achievement; it strengthens new undertakings with confidence. Inversely, progress realizes the potentialities of man and of nature; it reveals that man exists to bring about an even fuller achievement in this world; and that achievement because it is man's good also is God's glory. (Lonergan, Method in Theology 117, cited in Lovett 189. Emphasis mine.)

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