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Title: From Objective Discovery to Subjective Grace
Subtitle: Lonergan's Transcendent Journey
Author(s): GRAY, Susan
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 25    Date: 2015   
Pages: 279-290
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.25.0.3112897

Abstract :
Hailed as one of the greatest theological and philosophical minds of the twentieth century, Bernard Lonergan, SJ, is not commonly referred to as a Christian mystic. Also, unlike many Christian mystics, he rarely wrote of his own personal transcendent experiences. Yet his writings on religious experience, conversions, and insight into the transcendent illustrate his highly developed grasp of the ontology of mystical experience, stemming from the Ignatian spiritual practice. This essay focuses on Lonergan’s understanding of the transcendent-mystical experience, highlighted by Louis Roy’s construct of the transcendent experience. I contend, however, that despite his lifelong work, including the publication of his opus Insight in 1957, Lonergan did not fully experience (and therefore understand) transcendent religious experience until the latter half of his life.

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