Vol 23 No 1 2016

Lonergan on Pride

Christopher Friel


This article explores the relative lack of attention to the sin of pride in Bernard Lonergan, a lack he shares with Aquinas, in contrast to the Augustinian tradition. In order to explain this lack the article considers the dialectical nature of pride leading in turns to suggest a slightly surprising detour into the origins of social structures which Lonergan explains in terms of "challenge and response." Most significant is the redemptive response to the challenge of sin, and it is here that we can discover Lonergan's delicate transposition of traditional teaching in his deployment of the concept of general bias.