Bernard Lonergan's Philosophy of Religion: From Philosophy of God to Philosophy of Religious Studies

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SUNY Press, 2002 - Religion - 200 pages
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Jim Kanaris provides a comprehensive understanding of esteemed theologian Bernard Lonergan’s philosophy of religion and a crucial means of identifying precisely the points of contact between Lonergan’s thoughts on God and religion and the issues presently discussed by philosophers of religion. Defining Lonergan’s philosophy of religion presents a challenge because he does not use the term as it is generally understood. Rather, Lonergan addresses these issues under the guise of philosophy of God or natural theology, understands the role of religious experience idiosyncratically, and allows this concept to play various roles in his thought. The dynamics of these various components, their interrelationships, and their function from early to late development are fleshed out in this work.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Kehre of Philosophy of God and Theology
9
Making Room for Religious Experience
10
Deliberately Bracketing Religious Experience
17
The Philosophical Aspect of the Concept of Experience
23
The Readers Experience in Insight
24
The General and Specific Notions of Experience in Insight
29
SelfAppropriating the General Structure of Experience
38
The Ascendency of Love
72
Religious Experience in preMethod Literature
80
Emergence of the Expanded Viewpoint
89
From Philosophy of God to Philosophy of Religion
101
The Point of Departure
102
Lonergans Philosophy of Religion
118
What Is It? What Does It Do?
123
Conclusion
147

The Technical Aspect of SelfAppropriation and the Problem of the Relation of Concept to Experience or Lonergan Kant and Hegel
40
The Existential Aspect of SelfAppropriation
57
Religious Experience Reflection and Philosophy of God
61
The NatureGrace Distinction
69
Notes
151
Bibliography
179
Index
193
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Jim Kanaris is Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at McGill University and Concordia University.

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