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Title: The Critical Realism of Benjamin B. Meyer
Author(s): EGAN, Philip A.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 33    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2008   
Pages: 236-254
DOI: 10.2143/LS.33.3.2045799

Abstract :
Fr. Collins has often mentioned his admiration for the work of the scripture scholars Ben Meyer (d. 1995) and N.T. Wright (b. 1948). Indeed, Wright has acknowledged the important influence on his own work of Meyer, particularly Meyer’s approach to hermeneutics. This paper explores the life and work of Ben F. Meyer, contextualizing his writings within the flow of modern biblical scholarship, of which he was both a consummate practitioner and a trenchant critic. The paper also discusses Meyer’s ‘critical realist’ approach to history and interpretation, for which he was especially indebted to the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan (d. 1984) and his masterworks ‘Insight’ (1957) and ‘Method in Theology’ (1972).

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