Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology

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Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology provides both a historical and a theological analysis of the achievements of the renowned generation of theologians whose influence pervaded French theology and society in the period 1930 to 1960, and beyond. It considers how the principal exponents of ressourcement, leading Dominicans and Jesuits of the faculties of Le Saulchoir (Paris) and Lyon-Fourviere, inspired a renaissance in twentieth-century Catholic theology and initiated a ...
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Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology provides both a historical and a theological analysis of the achievements of the renowned generation of theologians whose influence pervaded French theology and society in the period 1930 to 1960, and beyond. It considers how the principal exponents of ressourcement, leading Dominicans and Jesuits of the faculties of Le Saulchoir (Paris) and Lyon-Fourviere, inspired a renaissance in twentieth-century Catholic theology and initiated a movement for renewal that contributed to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. The book assesses the origins and historical development of the biblical, liturgical, and patristic ressourcement in France, Germany, and Belgium, and offers fresh insights into the thought of the movement's leading scholars. It analyses the fierce controversies that erupted within the Jesuit and Dominican orders and between leading ressourcement theologians and the Vatican. The volume also contributes to the elucidation of the complex question of terminology, the interpretation of which still engenders controversy in discussions of ressourcement and nouvelle theologie. It concludes with reflections on how the most important movement in twentieth-century Roman Catholic theology continues to impact on contemporary society and on Catholic and Protestant theological enquiry in the new millennium.
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Editorial Reviews

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"It is hard to imagine a more valuable collection of essays on the ressourcement movement in Catholic theology than this handsome volume...To single out a few authors would be churlish to the many fine contributions."--Theological Studies

"Flynn and Murray enlist an impressive group of scholars to explore a theological movement pivotal for understanding modern Roman Catholicism. The result is a magisterial introduction to ressourcement theology...This book provides students and scholars with a much-needed introduction to a dense and important area of thought." --Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199552870
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel Flynn is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University.

Paul D. Murray is Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies and Professor of Systematic Theology at Durham University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The twentieth-century renaissance in Catholic theology, Gabriel Flynn
I:The ressourcement movement: history and context
1. Jansenism - an early ressourcement movement?, Gemma Simmonds, CJ (Heythrop College, University of London, UK)
2. Nouvelle theologie: a return to Modernism?, Gerard Loughlin (Durham University, UK)
3. Gilson and the ressourcement, Francesca Aran Murphy (University of Notre Dame, USA)
4. Maurice Blondel and ressourcement, Michael A. Conway (Pontifical University, St Patrick s College, Maynooth, Ireland)
5. A new Lyon School (1919-39)?, Etienne Fouilloux (Universite Lumiere, Lyon 2, France)
6. Gagnebet's hidden ressourcement: a Dominican speculative theology from Toulouse, Henry Donneaud, OP (Institut Catholique, Toulouse, France)
7. The traditionalist in spite of himself: Teilhard de Chardin and ressourcement, A. N. Williams (University of Cambridge, UK)
8. L'Eglise a ravi son coeur: Charles Journet and the theologians of ressourcement on the personality of the church, John Saward (University of Oxford, UK)
9. Humani Generis and nouvelle theologie, Joseph A. Komonchak (Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA)
10. Analogy of truth: the sacramental epistemology of nouvelle theologie, Hans Boersma (Regent College, Vancouver BC, Canada)
11. Nouvelle theologie: four historical stages of theological reform towards ressourcement (1935-65), Jurgen Mettepenningen (Catholic University of Louvain, [K.U. Leuven], Belgium)
12. Ressourcement and the enduring legacy of post-Tridentine theology, Christopher Ruddy (Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA )
II: Central figures of the ressourcement
13. Marie-Dominique Chenu and Le Saulchoir: a stream of Catholic renewal, Janette Gray, RSM (Jesuit Theological College, Victoria, Australia)
14. Ressourcement, ecumenism, and pneumatology: the contribution of Yves Congar to nouvelle theologie, Gabriel Flynn (Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, Ireland)
15. Henri de Lubac: looking for books to read the world, David Grumett (University of Exeter, UK)
16. Danielou and the twentieth-century patristic renewal, Bernard Pottier, SJ (Jesuit Faculty of Theology, Brussels, Belgium)
17. Henri Bouillard: the freedom of faith, James Hanvey, SJ (Heythrop College, University of London, UK)
18. Balthasar and ressourcement: an ambiguous relationship, Edward T. Oakes, SJ (University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein IL, USA)
19. Louis Bouyer and the unity of theology, Jake C. Yap (Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines)
III: Ressourcement as a threefold programme of renewal
20. The renewal of biblical studies in France 1934-54 as an element in theological ressourcement, Benedict T. Viviano, OP (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
21. Ressourcement and the renewal of Catholic liturgy: on celebrating the New Rite, Keith F. Pecklers, SJ (Gregorian University, Rome, Italy)
22. Knowing God in history and in the church: Dei Verbum and 'nouvelle theologie', Brian E. Daley, SJ (University of Notre Dame, USA)
IV: Ressourcement and 'the Church in the Modern World'
23. Ressourcement and the retrieval of Thomism for the contemporary world, Stephen M. Fields, SJ (Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA)
24. Ressourcement and Vatican II, Gerald O Collins, SJ (Gregorian University, Rome)
25. Ressourcement, Vatican II, and eucharistic ecclesiology, Paul McPartlan (Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA)
26. The theology of Karl Rahner: an alternative to the ressourcement?, Richard Lennan (Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge MA, USA)
27. Benedict XVI: a ressourcement theologian?, Lewis Ayres, Patricia Kelly, and Thomas Humphries (Durham University, UK)
28. Lacan's return to Freud: a case of theological ressourcement?, Marcus Pound (Durham University, UK)
29. Expanding Catholicity through Ecumenicity in the Work of Yves Congar: Ressourcement, Receptive Ecumenism, and Catholic Reform, Paul D. Murray (Durham University, UK)
30. Ressourcement theology and Protestantism, John Webster (University of Aberdeen, UK)
31. French ressourcement theology and Orthodoxy: a living mutual relationship?, Andrew Louth (Durham University, UK)
Epilogue: Ressourcement in retrospect, John McDade, SJ (Heythrop College, University of London, UK)

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