Today a variety of theological approaches offer fresh and enriching insights, yet much of contemporary religious thought can be disorienting for the beginning student of theology. This accessible introduction presents aspects of the thought of Fr. Bernard Lonergan SJ, (1904-1984) in a way that makes his vital contribution to contemporary theology accessible to the beginning student. The author minimizes technical terms and explains basic ideas with user-friendly examples. Rather than a survey of diverse contemporary theological opinions, or a thematic presentation of one topic, the book tries to clear away confusions by focusing on the theologian concerned with those topics. The book will thus encourage creative ways of overcoming some of the unnecessary obstacles for students who want to explore theology today. ""This book is a page-turner. As I finished each chapter, I looked forward to reading the next one. Based on Bernard Lonergan's generalized empirical method, it applies this method to central theological issues: God and creation, grace and freedom, redemption, incarnation, Trinity, and Church. I am eager to recommend this book to all, especially to those teaching university students and to those who are wrestling with their faith. This book truly encourages 'faith seeking understanding.'"" --Richard M. Liddy, Director of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, Seton Hall University Anyone searching for a good introduction either to the work of Bernard Lonergan or to Catholic theology in general will discover a treasure in this book. David M. Hammond shows himself to be a deep thinker with a gift for clearly explaining difficult concepts to others. The logical unfolding of ideas accompanied by insightful and imaginative examples gives the reader access to otherwise hard-to-reach territories."" --Dennis M. Doyle, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton David M. Hammond teaches in the on-line program in theology for Saint Joseph's College in Maine. He is the editor of Theology and Lived Christianity: The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society, Volume 45 (2000).