Wednesday 4 September 2013

Making people better than they are

Memorable line from Fred Lawrence's presentation at the recently concluded Fourth International Lonergan Workshop, Jerusalem 2013: "I am trying to underline Strauss’ performative ambiguities, and to acknowledge a kind of purity of heart, an intellectual honesty." Making people better than they are - or, in more technical Lonergan terms, developing the position - has become a leitmotif of Fred's work. It vibed very well with Vernet: a Vernet who has such an admiration and passion for Herod the Great that, according to our students, his next book will be You, Herod. (The book has already been largely written, in fact, and I have been privileged to have had a preview, but the author says it is not for publication.) Vernet, you might say, is naturally Lonerganian: a philosophe malgre lui. But that should not be surprising. God is constantly, and literally, making us better than we are. Interpretation rightly follows divine example. 

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