Whose truth is it anyway?
The philosophy of Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan SJ (particularly his theory of human knowing ) has much to offer by way of resolving an age-old debate about the nature of truth. So says Dr Gerry Whelan SJ, Chair of the Department of Fundamental Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.
In this third and final part of his summer interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, in August 2022, he explains how the classicists hold that truth is objective and unchanging whilst the relativists say it is historically and culturally based. On this basis ‘n’ere the twain shall meet.’
Gerry Whelan SJ outlines his vision of how Lonergan’s thinking contributes significantly to the process of resolving this age-old, yet still relevant dilemma. (See photo). Their discussion takes place in the context of Pope Francis’ final encyclical Fratelli Tutti, as well as the upcoming Synod (Rome 2023 ) and the far-reaching decisions that may emanate from it.