I just finished another book by Bernard Lonergan, this one called Method and Theology. It has a lot of bright ideas, but I can’t say I recommend it to a general audience, rather, perhaps only to trained theologians. Or to folks who pretend to be and who have all the time in the world to think about obscure matters that nobody cares about.
the presence of something perfect, unconditional, and unrestricted within our consciousness that beckons us ahead of any imperfect and finite idea or ideal [and] that causes us to seek… beyond anything previously learned or discovered.
that can neither be described nor explained through any set of restricted, conditioned, or imperfect categories or realities.
how do we know the partial intelligibility of our answers every time we have arrived at them? We must have a tacit awareness of what complete intelligibility is like. If we did not have this tacit awareness, we would not immediately recognize the partial intelligibility of every answer that is not completely intelligible.
the “supreme heuristic notion” is “the complete intelligibility of the whole of reality,” because it underlies all other heuristic notions, and therefore, all relational ideas (ibid).
If the totality of reality is completely intelligible, then God exists.
But the totality of reality is completely intelligible.
Therefore God exists.