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Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the MiraculousA Comparative Exploration$
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Ian Richard Netton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748699063

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699063.001.0001

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(p.184) 7 Envoi
Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the Miraculous

Ian Richard Netton

Edinburgh University Press

This brief conclusion returns to Bernard Lonergan’s taxonomy, adumbrated in his Method in Theology in which he identifies ‘eight functional specialities in theology’. Comparison is made with the phenomenological and anthropological methodology adopted in Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the Miraculous in which an elevenfold narratological sieve is adopted centering on five chosen miraculous types of narrative : food, water, blood, wood and stone, and cosmology. The Envoi identifies a final taxonomy whereby these five topoi might be considered, comprising memory, hope, divine presence. It is stressed at the end of the chapter that the realms and world of the miraculous constitute a world of signs whose meanings are open to interpretation by the phenomenologist, the believer and the atheist but “in very different ways”.

Keywords:   Lonergan, Taxonomy, Memory, Hope, Divine presence, Signs

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