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

Gabriel Flynn and Paul D. Murray


This book 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-Fourvière, 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 developmen ... More

Keywords: French theology, French society, Dominicans, Jesuits, Le Saulchoir, Lyon-Fourvière, Catholic theology, Second Vatican Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriel Flynn, editor
Lecturer in Systemtaic Theology, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, Ireland

Paul D. Murray, editor
Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies and Professor of Systematic Theology, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK

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Part I The Ressourcement Movement: History and Context

3 Gilson and the Ressourcement

Francesca Aran Murphy

Part II Central Figures of the Ressourcement

Part III Ressourcement as a Threefold Programme of Renewal

Part IV Ressourcement and ‘the Church in the Modern World’

24 Ressourcement and Vatican II

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

27 Benedict XVI: A Ressourcement Theologian?

Lewis Ayres, Patricia Kelly, and Thomas Humphries


John McDade, SJ