“F IDELITY TO THE W ORD ” : L ONERGANIAN C ONVERSION THROUGH S HAKESPEARE’S T HE W INTER’S T ALE AND D ANTE’S P URGATORIO G REGORY M AILLET Atlantic Baptist University I Introduction W hat is the nature of authentic Christian conversion? In other words, what turns the human person away from error, sin, and evil, and towards truth, goodness, and the possibility of living life within the community of pure holiness that is the triune God? Finally, what role can humans themselves or their created works have to play in this rather important process? One valuable approach to these complex questions can be found in the thought of Bernard Lonergan, a twentieth-century Canadian Jesuit philosopher. Though known primarily for work on epis- temology and metaphysics in Insight and for his application of that work in Method in Theology , crucial to Lonergan’s thought in both areas is his theory of conversion. Very brie ﬂ y, Lonergan distinguishes three basic kinds of conversion—intellectual, moral, and religious—that roughly cor- respond to and attempt to describe the human attempt to follow Christ’s two great commandments, that we love God with our mind, heart, and soul and that we
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Published: Jan 1, 2006
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