Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Matthew Lamb

Second Advisor

William J. Kelly

Third Advisor

Keith J. Egan

Fourth Advisor

Dean R. Fowler

Fifth Advisor

Daniel C. Maguire


This work is an interpretive investigation. The topic of investigation is the development of Bernard Lonergan's thought on the notion of conversion, For Lonergan, the notion of conversion is the foundation of a contemporary theological method. He writes: "Foundational reality, as distinct from its expression, is conversion: religious, moral, and intellectual." Again, he writes: "What is normative and foundational for subjects stating theology is to be found, I have suggested, in reflection on conversion, where conversion is taken as an ongoing process, concrete and dynamic, personal, communal, and historical." Lonergan's prolonged intellectual labor can be understood as a search for a contemporary theological method and one of the chief results of that search has been the establishment of the notion of conversion at the very heart of contemporary method. Consequently, I felt that the time and effort needed to penetrate more deeply into Lonergan's understanding of the notion of conversion would be well spent.




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