I’ve found my time at Marquette so far to be rather fruitful. Part of being at Marquette means that you run into people who like this guy named Bernard Longergan. On first glance, his system seem a bit daunting. So having help is… helpful.
Now, having found some conversation partners on the Lonergan side is a plus. Whats the upshot? So far it has been a year of positive conversation from two seemingly far-flung divergent views. This weekend will prove a synthesis of sorts, but certainly not a conclusion. In other words, I’m co-presenting a paper with a friend of mine that brings Lonergan and Metz together in a fruitful way — it shows how the work of a specific political theologian, Johann Metz, can be understood from within a Lonerganian perspective, and in so doing, it is an attempt to draw out in a relatively short space the links between the apparently abstract aspects of Lonergan studies and the emphases of political theology. But it also shows that Metz brings something to the table, something that, in fact, Lonergan needs more of: apocalyptic vigor.
So if anyone is around Milwaukee on Sunday, swing by the Marquette library.