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Faith, Resistance, and the FutureDaniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought$
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James L. Marsh and Anna Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239825

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.001.0001

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Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits

Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits

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(p.183) Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits
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Faith, Resistance, and the Future
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Patrick D. Brown

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0012

In this chapter, Brown argues that, in their opposition to the inertial thinking characteristic to the conventional mind, and in arguing for a humane, Christian alternative, Berrigan and Lonergan have a basic affinity. Each in his own way is prophetic, visionary, and radical in trying to promote a cognitive and moral breakthrough in human history. Berrigan, of course, in Brown’s view, is obviously prophetic, visionary, and radical, but Lonergan is also in a less obvious way. Brown nails down this thesis by showing how Lonergan’s early philosophy of history underpins and informs all of his later work, and how his economic theory attempts to provide a more adequate alternative to both conventional capitalist and conventional state socialist alternatives. Lonergan’s radical, philosophical, theological, social, and historical theory compliments Berrigan’s radical prophetic politics and resistance, and vica versa.

Keywords:   Berrigan, Lonergan, Affinity, Prophetic, Visionary, Philosophy of History

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