Friday 21 June 2013

Volk and Miller on redemption

Last day of Lonergan Workshop 40 (2013).

John Volk highlighted the role of wisdom in understanding redemption, something I would never have imagined. He spoke a lot about Lonergan’s attempt to integrate wisdom and prudence, and put the whole into relationship with the issue of renewal and reform in the church. The issue is not between a hermeneutics of continuity or discontinuity, but a hermeneutics of authenticity: knowing how to discern good and bad in both past and present, in order to forge a future under God.

Mark Miller compared Lonergan and Anselm, pointing out that Anselm is not as bad as he is made out to be, and that he anticipates several of the factors that Lonergan brings into his understanding of redemption: interiority, interpersonal relations, love, and so on.  Fred Lawrence pointed out how wisdom comes into all this: in his wisdom, God permitted evil. Evil is a surd, but he permits it because he sees a way of bringing out good. It has to do with Anselm’s satisfaction and Aquinas’ mercy. Mercy involves taking care of both justice and love. So the question is, and Anselm’s question is, how to satisfy justice in the context of evil, and with love. You can argue about his answer, but his question has to be met. 

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