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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 24, 2019

Frederick D. Boley
Pages 131-147
DOI: 10.5840/cssr20192434

Towards a Rigorous Basis for a Natural Law Theory of Integration

Fr. Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) proposed that human desire can prove the existence of God. The structure of human thought implies a Final Answer to the set of all questions, which can only be what everyone calls “God”—but what implications does this fact have for human happiness, and for counseling? This paper argues that counseling must have, as its ultimate aim, helping people to know Goodness, Beauty, and Truth, which is God. The fact that we can observe the facts about human cognition means that Catholic Christian counselors can ethically and effectively work with people from any faith tradition.

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