Boston College student Mark T. Miller has successfully defended his dissertation, ‘Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication,’ which was prepared under the supervision of Frederick Lawrence.

‘This dissertation aims at understanding Bernard Lonergan’s understanding of how the passion of Jesus Christ is salvific. … Through the self-gift of divine, unrestricted Love and the Incarnate Word, God works with human sensitivity, imagination, intelligence, affect, freedom, and community to produce religious, moral, and intellectual conversion, and to form the
renewed, renewing community Lonergan calls “cosmopolis” and the body of Christ’ (from the Abstract). Lonergan relies on the analogy of communication to distinguish the several factors involved in salvation through the cross. He proposes the “Law of the Cross” to explain how Christ’s cross reconciles God and humanity.

Doctoral students are invited to advise us of the completion of their work so we can pass along a congratulatory word and notice of their accomplishment. They are also invited to donate a (bound or unbound) copy of their completed doctoral projects to the LRI library.