Ignatian Year: Finding God in All Things: Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan on Religious Experience

Tuesday, March 22 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Online — Zoom

USF Professors, Mark Miller and Joseph Nguyen, SJ discuss Ignatian spirituality and religious experience within the context of the Ignatian Year. This conversation will focus on the writings of theologians Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan.

Mark T. Miller first encountered Bernard Lonergan, S.J., as an undergraduate in the early 90's and has been attempting to understand and live by his thought ever since. He was drawn by Lonergan's ability to integrate faith and reason, experience and authority, reason and emotion, and especially how Lonergan made infinite love both the goal of human living and the foundation for social cooperation.  Mark wrote his dissertation on Lonergan's theory of redemption and has published an introductory book on his anthropology that is used at universities, law schools, and seminaries in multiple countries.  He has taught at several schools including Georgetown University, Boston College, and Seton Hall as the inaugural Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair.  He has been at USF since 2008.

Joseph Nguyen, S.J. is an Assistant Professor of systematic theology and Christian spirituality. He is a Jesuit Priest of the U.S. West Province of the Society of Jesus. He came to the University of San Francisco in 2020 from Gonzaga University where he was a Lecturer of Religious Studies for five years. He teaches Catholic Thought, Christology, Mystery of God/Human Person, and Ignatian spirituality at USF. His research focuses on Christian spirituality with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality. He received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in 2015 with the dissertation on the theology of divine union in Maximus the Confessor and Ignatius of Loyola. Joseph has also published two books: Apatheia in the Christian Tradition: An Ancient Spirituality and Its Contemporary Relevance (Cascade Books, 2018), and Christian Contemplations: Theological Foundations and Contemporary Practice (Wipf & Stock, 2020).