Rev. Robert M. Doran, S.J., Ph.D.
Professor, Emmett Doerr Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology

Robert M. Doran, S.J. (Ph.D., Marquette University, 1975), [Systematics], specializes in Catholic systematic theology and the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonergan. He is general editor of The Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan (University of Toronto Press), which will eventually be a set of twenty-five volumes, fourteen of which have already been published.

The focus of his current research is the theology of grace and the analogies for understanding the Trinity. He is also working on the integration of Lonergan's work with Girard's mimetic theory.  He is the author of articles in a number of professional journals (e.g., Theological Studies, The Thomist, Journal of Religion, Communio, Toronto Journal of Theology, Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies), and of several books, including Theology and the Dialectics of History (University of Toronto Press, 1990/2001) and What Is Systematic Theology? (University of Toronto Press, 2005).

He is co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Lonergan Research Institute, Toronto.

Recently published articles include: The Starting Point of Systematic Theology, Theological Studies 67 (2006) 750-76; "Ignatian Themes in the Thought of Bernard Lonergan, Toronto Journal of Theology 22 (2006) 39-54; "Ignatian Themes in the Thought of Bernard Lonergan: Revisiting a Topic That Deserves Further Reflection," Lonergan Workshop 19 (6002) 83-106; "Addressing the "Four-Point Hypothesis," Theological Studies 68 (2007) 674-82; "Summarizing 'Imitating the 'Divine Relations: A Theological Contribution to Mimetic Theory,'" Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 14 (2007) 27-38; "Lonergan and Girard on Sacralization and Desacralization," Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 63 (2007) 1171-1210; "System Seeking Method: Reconciling System and History," in Il Teologo e la Storia: Lonergan's Centenary, ed. Natalino Spaccapelo and Paul Gilbert (Rome: Gregorian University, 2006) 275-99; "Empirical Consciousness in Insight: Is Our Conception Too Narrow?" in The Importance of Insight, ed. John  Liptay and David Liptay (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007) 49-63; "Being in Love with God: A Source of Analogies for Theological Understanding," Irish Theological Quarterly 73 (2008) 227-42; "Imitating the Divine Relations: A Theological Contribution to Mimetic Theory," forthcoming in Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies; "Discernment and Lonergan's Fourth Level of Consciousness," forthcoming in Gregorianum.

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