Methods for the Study of Early Christian Institutions

Course Code: RGB5511HS



Winter 2019
Monday 18:30 – 20:30




Regis College

Course Description

Christian thought and practice cannot be understood apart from Christian institutions. This course will consider a range of methodological and empirical matters related to Christianity’s earliest institutional forms, and how such considerations are to be situated in relation to both theology and the social sciences. Special attention will be directed towards the Jewish origins of Christian institutions, especially the foundational role of the synagogue.

Course Learning Objectives

Course Schedule

A detailed course schedule is available for download.

Week 1

Syllabus review, Course Overview, Introduction

Week 2

The Structure of Insight

Week 3

Emergent Probability

Week 4

The World of Common Sense

Week 5

Coordinated with Lonergan Graduate Seminar: Special Guest: Patrick Byrne

Week 6

Judgment, Self-Appropriation, and Knowledge of Being

Week 7

Method in Theology

Week 8

The Good, Evil and Redemption

Week 9

The Triune God and the Structure of Systematic

Week 10

Art, Meaning and Foundations for Other Religions

Week 11

The Good and its Social Implications

Week 12

Summing up of Lonergan’s philosophy: Genuineness and Authenticity/ Post-Lonergan Developments/Questions