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A college-level lecture addressing the question, "How does a community of faith ensure that readers of the Bible correctly grasp the significance of their reading?" Includes brief explanations of Lonergan on community, hermeneutics, horizon, conversion, and the self-correcting process of learning, with additional emphases on Doran's psychic conversion and Voegelin's saving tale. Incorporates a hermeneutics that combines personal inspiration and author-engagement. Sketches the resolution of differences in a dialectical forum. 23 pages.
A link to 28 adult education lectures, arranged in four sections: Intelligence, Strategies, Communicating, and Faith. Lonergan's mind is evident throughout.
A lecture given to graduating seniors at Siena Heights University. 8 pages.
A guide for teenagers to know "how to be" and "how not to be." 14 pages.
Three distinct kinds of guilt, and
their corresponding kinds of healing, based on the works of the Freudian
psychologists Karen Horney and Claudio Naranjo.
Eight questions about what God is like, given the reality that we all die. Based on the life of Matty Ventresca, who was born with half a heart, and died at nine years old. 38 pages.
An exploration of how those who care for the dying might attend to their faith, charity, and hope. 8 pages.
An adaptation of Ignatius' "Contemplation to Attain Love," to incorporate being in love both with God and neighbor. 6 pages.
The effect on the composition of the Spiritual Exercises of reform movements in the Church, a military attitude toward spirituality, and avoidance of mentioning the Holy Spirit. 13 pages
An account of how Ignatius keen sense of moderation in practical matters was the fruit of an extreme vigilance over interior movements of thoughts and feelings. 11 pages.
An account of how Ignatius' intellectual realism grounded his sense of objectivity and enabled him to identify "grace," "thoughts," and "desire" as key categories in a spiritual theology. 16 pages.
Rules for testing which interior inspirations are likely from God and which are not. 6 pages.
Rules for testing which stories represent the movements of God in history and which do not. 4 pages.
A correspondence over several years with Jerry Graham, SJ, about spirituality and the arts, with particular emphasis on Jesuit spirituality. 77 pages.
A collection of passages from the letters of St. Ignatius Loyola. 19 pages.
Three Christian doctrines suitable for inclusion in academic study: Human progress & decline, the mysterious nature of the real, and the connection between the mission of the college and personal vocation. 13 pages.
An exploration of the ground of Christian community in a "common consciousness" as defined by Lonergan. 12 pages.
Based on an assertion that people do not want to think. Developed with emphasis on the four biases identified by Lonergan, plus a bias of "secularism." 11 pages.
An analysis of the functions of desire as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 265-269. 5 pages
An analysis of the meaning of "experience" as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 365-377. 16 pages.
An essay on vision and mission in Christian higher learning based on a survey of 15 Christian-based colleges. Included is a proposal to include Jesus the Nazarene as the source and founder of the college's mission. 16 pages.
An analysis of how artists make artistic decisions and how these decisions can be affected by biases. 34 pages.
Lectures and history. Aligns historical technological advances with three fundamental developments in the Human Condition: Jasper's Axial Period, Modern Science, and Praxis in Human Studies. Particular attention to the growing links between technology and political economies. 97 pages.
An account of the emergence of modern science and how the knowledge it brings relates to religious knowledge. Particular emphasis is given on how the human sciences affect people's ordinary religious beliefs. 10 pages.
How the question of God arises from wonder about our historicity, our nature, our personal existence, and our religion. 13 pages.
An account of how the emblematic (mythical/symbolic) factor of the Christian Story invites readers to take seriously the events of history and the events of the heart. 27 pages.
A brief history covering (I) Scripture (2) Turn to Philosophy, (3) Ethical Systems, (4) Faith & Works, (5) Turn to the Subject, and (6) 20th Century Issues.
University Press, 2010
Table of Contents
Study Guide with references to
The Lonergan Reader
(University of Toronto Press, 1997).
Exercises for noticing the norms in consciousness. Part of an effort to provide a common ground for assessing any ethical principles and moral views.
Definitions of basic terms. 12 pages
An extension of Lonergan's generalized empirical method into the field of ethics. Covers moral knowing, objectivity, metaphysics, existential dimensions, method in ethics, and education in ethics.
A discussion of what objectivity means in moral opinions and decisions. 20 pages
Text of a presentation on the revolution that a generalized empirical method can bring about in ethics.
"Being in Love": An article published in 1995, plus six addenda on later materials regarding a "5th level." 26 pages.
An entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Covers the main ideas in Lonergan's works, with special emphasis on ethics. 29 pages.
A short introduction for students. 8 pages.
A list of 61 key terms, followed by the main primary sources. 9 pages.
An introduction to how key ideas in Lonergan's work relate to spirituality. (1985 original out of print) 242 pages.