Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits

Patrick D. Brown

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:
Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits

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In this chapter, Brown argues that, in their opposition to the inertial thinking characteristic to the conventional mind, and in arguing for a humane, Christian alternative, Berrigan and Lonergan have a basic affinity. Each in his own way is prophetic, visionary, and radical in trying to promote a cognitive and moral breakthrough in human history. Berrigan, of course, in Brown’s view, is obviously prophetic, visionary, and radical, but Lonergan is also in a less obvious way. Brown nails down this thesis by showing how Lonergan’s early philosophy of history underpins and informs all of his later work, and how his economic theory attempts to provide a more adequate alternative to both conventional capitalist and conventional state socialist alternatives. Lonergan’s radical, philosophical, theological, social, and historical theory compliments Berrigan’s radical prophetic politics and resistance, and vica versa.

Keywords: Berrigan; Lonergan; Affinity; Prophetic; Visionary; Philosophy of History

Chapter.  11420 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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