This book contains a collection of chapters on the theological vision of three of the greatest Jesuit thinkers of the twentieth century: Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner. These thinkers were influential in bringing to fruition—or deliberatively extending—the rhetorical and methodological style of the Second Vatican Council. It might be said that to understand the past forty years of Catholic theology one must understand the contribution of these men. Interestingly, they were each born in 1904 during the height of the Catholic Church's most militant, agonistic rhetoric against all things modern. Lonergan, Murray, and Rahner were also loyal sons of St. Ignatius of Loyola. They shared a certain Jesuit style encapsulated in the motto “finding God in all things”. Whether in the form of Lonergan's theological method, in Murray's reasoned defense of religious liberty, or in Rahner's countless theological investigations into Catholic doctrine and practice, each contributed to the Catholic renaissance encapsulated in the Second Vatican Council's aggiornamento, the “bringing up to date” of the ancient truths of Christian faith.
Keywords: Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, Karl Rahner, Catholic Church, Second Vatican Council, Catholic theology, St. Ignatius of Loyola, religious liberty, Christian faith, Catholic doctrine
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