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

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Gabriel Flynn, Paul D. Murray
OUP Oxford, Dec 8, 2011 - Religion - 608 pages
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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-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 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 théologie. 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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Jeswald W. Salacuse is the Henry J. Braker Professor of Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Professor Salacuse has practiced law with a Wall Street firm, advised numerous governments and multinational corporations on investment law, and has taught at universities throughout the world. He has also served as president and a member of international arbitration tribunals under the auspices of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ( ICSID). Professor Salacuse is a former dean of the Fletcher School and of the School of Law of Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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