Oct 29-30, 2009
The First Colloquium of the Marquette Lonergan Project, Marquette University
Doing Catholic Systematic Theology in a Multi-religious World
The Marquette Lonergan Project hopes to sponsor an annual colloquium on the subject ‘Doing Catholic Systematic Theology in a Multi-religious World’ and to place the proceedings of the project on the website sponsored by Marquette University, www.lonerganresource.com. These are the proceedings of the first colloquium, held at Marquette University on October 29-30, 2009. Three lectures were presented:
October 29, 4:00 pm, Robert M. Doran, S.J., Marquette University, ‘What Is the Gift of the Holy Spirit?’
October 30, 10:00 am, John D. Dadosky, Regis College, University of Toronto, ‘Methodological Presuppositions for Engaging the Other in the Post-Vatican II Context: Insights from Ignatius and Lonergan’
October 30, 2:00 pm, Darren J. Dias,O.P., St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, ‘Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity: Finding a Systematic Framework’
A panel of Marquette professors of theology, D. Stephen Long, Danielle Nussberger, and Irfan Omar, addressed the papers of Professors Doran and Dadosky on Friday morning, and a panel of Marquette graduate students of theology, Jeremy Blackwood, Juliana Vazquez, and John Volk, addressed Professor Dias’s paper in the afternoon.
PDF files of the papers and panelists’ remarks are presented here, as well as MP3 recordings of the proceedings, which included the presentation to Professor Doran of a Festschrift in his honor, Meaning and History in Systematic Theology, ed. John D. Dadosky (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2009).
Available contributions from this conference:
Robert M. Doran, S.J., What Is the Gift of the Holy Spirit?
After a brief introduction, the paper summarizes Frederick E. Crowe’s ‘Son of God, Holy Spirit, and World Religions,’ in order to provide a basis from the Lonergan side for discussion of the topic of doing systematic theology in a multi-religious world. The paper then draws on the trinitarian theologies of Augustine, Aquinas, and Lonergan to elucidate just what the gift of the Holy Spirit is, understanding that gift in terms of a psychological analogy. The paper suggests a new variant on the analogy, one that perhaps links back to Augustine’s intentions. The paper addresses, finally, the question of how we may acknowledge the gift when the expression of the gift contains little or nothing that is explicitly Christian or due to Christian revelation. An answer is suggested that draws on the author’s expansion of Lonergan’s notion of the scale of values. In that context the crucial question is raised, What happens to evangelization given these emphases?
John D. Dadosky, Methodological Presuppositions for Engaging the Other in the Post-Vatican II Context: Insights from Ignatius and Lonergan
The purpose of this paper is to explicate the methodological presuppositions for engaging other religions, Christian faiths, cultures and secular culture in a post Vatican II context. The Vatican II documents are paradigmatic in their call for mutuality in relations with the other. However, the task remains to articulate how those presuppositions are to be specified in order to account for the multifarious range of relations with the other. The Ignatian presupposition and discernment combined with Lonergan notions of mutual self-mediation and difference can function as a priori principles, not only for mission, but more generally for ecclesia ad extra.
- D. Stephen Long, Danielle Nussberger, Irfan Omar, Panel Response to Robert Doran and John Dadosky
Darren J. Dias, Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity: Finding a Systematic Framework
This paper explores the significant contributions of Bernard Lonergan’s thought to a theology of religions. In particular, Lonergan’s Trinitarian theology facilitates a much needed paradigm shift in the systematic understanding of religious diversity from a Christian perspective. Such a shift results in a theological evaluation of the simultaneous presence of multiple religious traditions in the one plan of salvation. Prominent interpreters of Lonergan’s Trinitarian thought, Fredrick E. Crowe and Robert M. Doran, suggest that the place and role of the Holy Spirit must be suitably integrated into a Christian view of theology, history and praxis. Only then can serious reflection on the two divine missions in history and their relationship to the world religions begin. The paper argues that Lonergan’s theology of the divine missions becomes the central axis around which to construct a theology of religions.
Jeremy Blackwood, Juliana Vazquez, John Volk, Panel Response to Darren Dias
View Jeremy Blackwood, Response to Darren Dias, "Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity"
View Juliana Vazquez, Response to Dr. Dias' "Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity: Implications for a Systematic Framework"
View John Volk, A Response to Darren J. Dias's Lecture "Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity; Implications for a Systematic Framework"