Both Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan devote much study to the role of philosophy in theology. Moreover, both are influenced importantly in this effort by the modern interpretation of Thomas Aquinas developed earlier by Belgian philosopher and mystical psychologist Joseph Maréchal. However, besides some obvious similarities in what they take from Maréchal, there also are certain crucial (if often unnoticed) differences. This course aims to investigate these crucial philosophical differences and how they influence the basic theological perspectives of Rahner and Lonergan. Special attention will be given to their differing theological accounts of religious experience, Jesus’ human consciousness, and the role of the “psychological analogy” in Trinitarian theology. Readings include selections from Maréchal, Rahner, and Lonergan. Weekly seminar preparation and participation, four one-page reflections, final paper, and take-home exam.
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