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Finding God in All Things

Celebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner

Mark Bosco

Publication Year: 2007

Three of the most influential Catholic theologians of the twentieth century--Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner--were all born in 1904, at the height of the Church's most militant rhetoric against all things modern. In this culture of suspicion, Lonergan, Murray, and Rahner grew in faith to join the Society of Jesus and struggled with the burden of antimodernist policies in their formation. By the time of their mature work in the 1950s and 1960s, they had helped to redefine the critical dialogue between modern thought and contemporary Catholic theology.

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Published by: Fordham University Press

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pp. v-vi

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-11

The above sentiments of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World capture a transitional moment in the Catholic Church’s attitude in its relationship with modernity. This shift is seen most remarkably in the language of the Council...

Section 1: Bernard Lonergan

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2. Learning to Live with Lonergan

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pp. 15-34

Before joining the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, I taught philosophy and supervised the academic program of the Jesuit scholastics studying at Loyola University in New Orleans. I taught in the philosophy department because I had done my doctorate...

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3. The Passionateness of Being: The Legacyof Bernard Lonergan, S.J.

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pp. 35-51

It is daunting to be asked to communicate why Bernard Lonergan is such an important thinker. The magnitude of his achievement is great, and I owe a great personal debt for all that I have learned from him. Over the course of his life, Lonergan wrote extensively and profoundly...

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Lonergan and the Key to Philosophy

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pp. 52-69

Bernard Lonergan is counted among the major Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. His contribution to philosophy with his major work, Insight, and to theology with his crowning achievement, Method in Theology, has been widely recognized at international conferences and is evidenced...

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5. Lonergan’ s Jaw

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pp. 70-79

Bernard Lonergan, who lived from 1904 to 1984, would have been delighted to become aware of the scientific discoveries that have occurred in our times. He remains a favorite mentor of mine, and when I indulge my amateur’s interest in science I turn to him, not because he was a...

Section 2: John Courtney Murray

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6. John Courtney Murray’s American Stories

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pp. 83-91

When I began graduate studies twenty-five years ago, ‘‘narrative theory’’ and ‘‘story-discourse’’ did not surface as topics in my political philosophy, social theory, or theology courses. Systems theory, Kantian rationalism, Marxian analyses, existential phenomenology, personalism—all these...

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7. Memories of "Uncle Jack": A Nephew Remembers John Courtney Murray

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pp. 92-98

In mid-April 2005, while attending a Georgetown-sponsored Ignatian retreat in western Maryland, I realized that the former Woodstock College was nearby. It is where my uncle, John Courtney Murray, S.J., lived and taught for many years, and where he is now buried. ...

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8. Murray on Loving One’s Enemies

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pp. 99-108

John Courtney Murray never wrote much about loving one’s enemies, though he did have a clearly identifiable enemies list. Many on that list he adopted from his ecclesial tradition, and some he developed on his own or, at least, gave them his own spin. In what follows I discuss...

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9. Murray: Faithful to Tradition in Context

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pp. 109-121

Catholics and other Christians most likely know John Courtney Murray as a protagonist in the production of the Declaration on Religious Freedom at the Second Vatican Council, published almost forty years ago. Its significance for the public life of Catholicism in religiously pluralist...

Section 3: Karl Rahner

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10. On Reading Rahner in a New Century

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pp. 125-142

Having studied with Karl Rahner at the height of his influence, and after teaching and writing about him for many years now, I have come to feel increasingly indebted to him not only as a theologian of stature, but as a pastor of my soul. Difficult as it is to say something meaningful about...

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11. Karl Rahner's Theological Life

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pp. 143-150

‘‘Strengthened by the Church’s sacrament and accompanied by the prayers of his Jesuit brothers, shortly after completing his eightieth year, Father Karl Rahner has gone home to God. He had loved the Church and his religious order and spent himself in their service.’’ ...

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12. Karl Rahner: Pastoral Theologian

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pp. 151-166

Karl Rahner is one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. The international impact of Rahner’s project, surprising even to some of his close colleagues, irritating to some of his critics, is a phenomenon not yet fully explained by the criteria of academic theology. ...

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13. Rahner, von Balthasar and the Question of Theological Aesthetics: Preliminary Considerations

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pp. 167-181

Following the Second Vatican Council, Karl Rahner dominated the Roman Catholic theological landscape. His ideas on grace and human freedom opened horizons for theological inquiry at which preconciliar theologies only hinted. The generation of theologians following Rahner drew heavily on his insights. ...

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14. Postscript: 1904 Was a Wonderful Year

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pp. 182-193

It was a pleasure to collect and assemble with Mark Bosco these centenary essays on Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner. Reading through them, I was reminded how much these three Jesuit theologians influenced my young Jesuit life both intellectually and spiritually. ...


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pp. 219-221

E-ISBN-13: 9780823247844
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823228089
Print-ISBN-10: 0823228088

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2007

OCLC Number: 780637511
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  • Murray, John Courtney.
  • Lonergan, Bernard J. F.
  • Catholic Church -- Doctrines -- History -- 20th century.
  • Rahner, Karl, 1904-1984.
  • Theology, Doctrinal -- History -- 20th century.
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