London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1975. Early printing. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Clipped front flap of dust jacket. About-fine. Item #608
"I AM WRITING NOT THEOLOGY BUT METHOD IN THEOLOGY" Early British printing of the American Jesuit's integration of theology with hermeneutics and critical history. Bernard Lonergan's Insight: A Study of Human Understanding appeared in 1957 and is now hailed as a classic interdisciplinary work, a "modern Summa of sorts." Method in Theology is similarly expansive, encompassing a wide range of the collaborative tasks performed in contemporary theology. "Lonergan, like many Catholic philosophers in the twentieth century, devoted a great deal of attention to epistemology and particularly to the question of how modern science and its new statistical side relate to more traditional questions of God and Man, he did so from the more empirical tendencies of the English-speaking philosophical tradition" (Robert Royal). The text is preceded by Lonergan's brief Preface (dated "Harvard Divinity School/November 15, 1971") and a short Introduction: "I am writing not theology but method in theology. I am concerned not with the objects that theologians expound but with the operations that theologians perform." The work is divided into two main sections, Part One: Background. 1. Method, 2. The Human Good, Meaning, Religion, 5. Functional Specialties, and Part Two: Foreground. 6. Research, 7. Interpretation, 8. History, 9. History and Historians, 10. Dialectic, 11. Foundations, 12. Doctrines, 13. Systematics, Communications. Lonergan "continues to have a strong influence within his own order and made a permanent contribution to the overall thinking of the Church as a whole in the modern world." (Robert Royal). First published in 1971, this is a reprint of the second British edition of 1973.