Bernard Lonergan and Daniel Berrigan

Robert M. Doran

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI:
Bernard Lonergan and Daniel Berrigan

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In this chapter, Doran reflects on Lonergan and Berrigan as the two major influences upon his life, and on the way in which he felt compelled to be faithful to both. Autobiographically, what bound both together in Doran’s work was radical resistance to decadence and corruption, and their attempts to provide a positive Christian alternative rooted in the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Theoretically, both influences led Doran to work out a notion of psychic conversion: a tentativeness to the energic flow of sensation, images, and emotions, to conceive the preferential option for the poor as essential to any fully adequate theology, and to understand and criticize violence as that is rooted in an unjust social order.

Keywords: Lonergan; Berrigan; Autobiographically; Theoretically; Psychic conversion; Preferential option; Critique of violence

Chapter.  5677 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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