Method of theology 463
Sku: 46300D0E060
Archival Number: A463 V61
Author: Lonergan, B.
Language(s): English
Decade: 1960
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4 handwritten schematic pp. (smaller paper) on method of theology; context to be determined. This begins a new folder that does not seem connected to 1962 'De methodo theologiae.' The context of the notes in this folder (folder 6 in Batch V) remain undetermined (RD: Sept 3 2011).
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Revised transcription by R. Doran 3 Sept 2011

Method of Theology


Statement        Crede ut intelligas       Augustine, Anselms


Meaning          Faith is measured not by human understanding but by God’s.


                        Hence, not believe if/because/inasmuch as you understand

                                    but believe and then you may try to understand

                                                imperfectly in this life

                                                perfectly in the next


Supposition: Understanding and Assent are distinct.

                        One can understand Ptolemy, Copernicus, Newton, Laplace, Einstein, Fred Hoyle

                        One cannot agree with all.

                        One need not agree with any.             epochÄ“


[page 2]


What is understanding [direct]


Act: (1) highly satisfactory release from state of wonder puzzlement inquiry

        (2) with respect to data/image – imagined not imagination

        (3) ground of concepts, definition, considering, thinking


Content: an explanatory/intelligible unification

                        elementary – of thing/relationship

                        combine into structure –

                                    sets of structures – sets of structures in motion

                        not the conceptual expression but the ability to express from any viewpoint

                                                                                                                 for any ?

                                    knowing geometry is not knowing a series of theorems

                                    it is such a mastery that any theorem any ? any application ? can be effected with ease.


Theology: God and all things in relation to God


Specific, proper contribution: the unified vision

            Theologian will assert God, attributes, Trinity, Incarnation

                        but so also will believers

            Theologian contributes the unified vision

                        believer qua believer Est Est, Non Non


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The unified vision: is term of a movement




Parallel in natural science

 NS      ? that it all depends on data/observation/experiment

        textbook: physica – (1) the maths you have to know

                                        (2) conclusions from the maths

                        chemistry: periodic table – what it means

                                                it. relation[?] to 3 x 1005 compounds

            via inventionis – discovery

            via doctrinae – teaching          begin from simplest (not easiest)


            e.g., Trinity: NT missions of Son, Spirit

                                 4th [century?] consubstantial

                                        properties – Cappadocians

                                        relations – Cappadocians and Augustine

                                                            12th century

                                        psychological analogy

                                    27-43 ps. anal à proc à relations à persons


Significance of point of inflection: return to NT – understanding of faith

                                                                        vs    drawing conclusions


Difference from NS

            (1) mystery – special case of inverse insight   irrational


                                                                                    law of inertia

                                                                                    special relativity



            (2) not constitutive of object – not towards truth

                 but understanding of object – but of truth


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MOVEMENT = understanding          identity of faith in development of dogma

                                                            relation of theology àdogma àgenesis of

                                                                                                à ?


                                                                                            àteaching catechism

                                                                                                ? work, conversion

                                                                                                devotional, moral life

                                                                                àunity of theology

                                                                        àcultural differences


Where does movement occur

            Levels of understanding


                        word                differences in viewpoint/ explicit & implicit - distinctions

                        sign                                          effectiveness


What has theologian to do about it


            (1) to understand it

            (2) Hence, any needed proofs, regulations[?] etc.


not anachronism

not archaism