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Title: Newman, Lonergan and doctrinal development
Author: Egan, Philip Anthony
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2004
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The global aim of this study is to compare and contrast the thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-90) and Bernard J. F. Lonergan S.J. (1904-84). To do this both efficiently and effectively, we investigate how respectively they handle the vexed issue of doctrinal development. Newman and Lonergan came from very different personal, cultural and historical contexts, yet we seek to show how they inhabit 'genetically related horizons' and espouse complementary theologies of revelation. This is why they can often be read together in a 'layered convergence', Lonergan explaining what Newman describes, Newman enhancing Lonergan's methodical philosophy with a rich theological and historical context. Both account for the historical nature of truth, yet their realistic epistemologies challenge other approaches that tend to relativise (liberalism), ossify (classicism) or idolatrise (fundamentalism) Christian doctrine. Chapters One and Two take Newman and Lonergan in turn, their epistemologies and their understandings of doctrine. In Chapter Three, we compare and contrast their thought. Chapter Four inserts Newman-Lonergan as a 'uni-duality', a combined yet differentiated unity, into a multi-levelled dialogue with other systematic theologies of development. For this, we selected Karl Rahner, Gustavo Gutierrez and Paul Knitter as representative of diverse if intertwined strands within contemporary Roman Catholicism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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