Archival Number: A559
Author: Lonergan, B.
2 handwritten pp. Theology, mediation of object, mediation of subject. Dated April 23, from spring 1963 course De Methodo Theologiae.
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55900D0L060 April 23 (classes resume)
Theology is knowledge about God mediated by Christ and the Church. When knowledge is mediated by data qua data, we have natural science; by data as invested with meaning, we have human science; by data as invested with true meaning, we have theology.
Mediation of the object:
Ai immediate human, religious, Christian living – die Wendung zur Idee
Bi authors, tendencies, schools
Iijk historical works
Fij critical works
Mediation of the subject:
Descriptive: who, what, how, why, etc.
Explanatory: comparative: whether same or different
organic, synthetic [RD: replaces ‘complexiva’]: what is coherent
genetic: stages in organic growth and in developing synthesis
dialectic: radical oppositions
Judicative: where dialectical method is used, the investigator is willy nilly committed; otherwise Bultmann’s notion of science.
The next page is headed ‘Horizon’ with an arrow to ‘critica, iudicativa’ and with the following in parentheses: pole and field are correlative; pole is either originary or existential; authentic or inauthentic; inauthenticity is radical or derived; derived inauthenticity is either rationalization or obnubilation.
A Relative horizon: is different depending on psychological, social, cultural development [RD: again, this earlier was 'complexiva');
Absolute horizon: is different depending on intellectual, moral, religious conversion.
B Horizon as in the object: categories which are to be determined from the data; horizon as in the subject: foundations, norms, methodical precepts.