3. The Passionateness of Being: The Legacy of Bernard Lonergan, S. J.

Patrick H. Byrne

in Finding God in All Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228089
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236954 | DOI:
3. The Passionateness of Being: The Legacy of Bernard Lonergan, S. J.

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This chapter explicates Bernard Lonergan's use of the phrase, “the passionateness of being” and traces the import of this phrase to Lonergan's notion of the implicit and explicit paradigms that shape human ways of thinking, feeling, and judgment. Each individual has an unconscious, implicit “metaphysics” operating in one's life: one's assumptions and ideologies—inherited from parents, friends, culture, and religion—become the unconscious paradigm of one's reality. Lonergan's contribution is to propose that there is another “First Philosophy” inherent in human beings as well, one which comes from the sense of reality built into our cognitional structure. This innate, explicit metaphysics or First Philosophy has to do with reflective self-awareness, what Lonergan calls “self-appropriation”. Byrne shows how the notion of self-appropriation is connected to theology, how it becomes, in effect, the major task of theology: to self-appropriate God's self-gift of passionate, unconditional love as rendered in the Christian traditions, so as to move us to preach this passionate love and transform the world.

Keywords: Bernard Lonergan; theology; passionateness of being; metaphysics; First Philosophy; self-appropriation; love

Chapter.  7237 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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