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18 February 2013

QOTD - Bernard Lonergan

To my mind, a theologian does not truly have a regard for brevity or facility who strips doctrines of their historical context and considers them in the abstract, as if they were self-contained, since such abstraction creates other new and even more serious problems.  How many students are there who try to see in scripture, as if through some marvelous and sudden intuition, what only in the course of time, with great labor, and after much rejection and resistance, was finally grasped by great minds and only gradually accepted by the Church?  Again, how many are upset and disturbed by those reasons and objections coming from a recent worldview that mix together and roll into one the modern outlook on life and brief overviews of history and widely acclaimed philosophical notions, so that it seems both obvious and certain that dogmas either lie outside the field of religion, or smack too much of Hellenism, or for the sake of subtlety split the one body of Christ into opposing camps, or do little or nothing to nourish the present-day People of God?  To dispel such notions you will find no more efficacious remedy than the serious student that investigates how something really came about.

Bernard Lonergan, The Triune God: Doctrines,11

1 comment:

blogmeister said...

Gotta love Bernard Lonergan: Experience, understanding,judgment, and being in love.