Textual reading and discussion of Lonergan’s Method in Theology with a view towards addressing an array of issues concerning method in the contemporary study of theology in the university setting. Examination of the foundations for theology and the various methodological disciplines and collaboration. Topics include: methodological relationship of subjectivity/objectivity, roles of research, history, criticism (dialectic), systematic theology, doctrines, interpretation (normative authority of certain texts), praxis, communication (scholarly reporting) meaning, culture, religion each as they pertain to method for theological reflection.
Students will begin to understand the significance of the historical, philosophical, and theological context for a renewed priority on method. (ThM 1.1, 3.0; D. 1.1)
Student’s will be able to critically engage a principal author and primary source in the area of systematic theology (ThM 1.2; M, 1.1; D 1.1)
Students will be able to identify some of the methodological and pastoral issues connected with theology (ThM 3.0; M, 1.2; D 188.8.131.52)
Students will reflect on theological methodology in systematic theology (M 3.0; D. 1.1, 4.1.1)
Students will be able to present critically and creatively on a selected area of research (M 1.2; D. 2.3-2.5; 184.108.40.206/1.2).
Students will be able to write a scholarly paper and work towards published research (THM 2.3-2.5; M 2.4-2.6; D. 2.3-2.5).
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