A Return to Mystery
An in-depth study of nouvelle theologie and the ressourcement movement. Boersma argues that a return to mystery was the movement's deepest motivation. He sets out the context for the early development of the movement prior to Vatican II and provides detailed analysis of its characteristic elements and thinkers.
In the decades leading up to the Second Vatican Council, the movement of nouvelle theologie caused great controversy in the Catholic Church and remains a subject of vigorous scholarly debate today. In Nouvelle theologie and Sacramental Ontology Hans Boersma argues that a return to mystery was the movement's deepest motivation. Countering the modern intellectualism of the neo-Thomist establishment, the nouvelle theologians were convinced that a ressourcement of the Church Fathers and of medieval theology would point the way to a sacramental reintegration of nature and the supernatural. In the context of the loss suffered by both Catholics and Protestants in the de-sacramentalizing of modernity, Boersma shows how the sacramental ontology of nouvelle theologie offers a solid entry-point into ecumenical dialogue. The volume begins by setting the historical context for nouvelle theologie with discussions of the influence of significant theologians and philosophers like Mohler, Blondel, Marechal, and Rousselot. The exposition then moves to the writings of key thinkers of the ressourcement movement including de Lubac, Bouillard, Balthasar, Chenu, Danielou, Charlier, and Congar.Boersma analyses the most characteristic elements of the movement: its reintegration of nature and the supernatural, its reintroduction of the spiritual interpretation of Scripture, its approach to Tradition as organically developing in history, and its communion ecclesiology that regarded the Church as sacrament of Christ.; In each of these areas, Boersma demonstrates how the nouvelle theologians advocated a return to mystery by means of a sacramental ontology.
1. Introduction: The Rupture between Theology and Life; 2. Eyes of Faith: Precursors to a Sacramental Ontology; 3. The Mystery of Faith: De Lubac and Bouillard on Nature and the Supernatural; 4. The Law of the Incarnation: Balthasar and Chenu on Nature and the Supernatural; 5. A Wheel Within a Wheel: Spiritual Interpretation in De Lubac and Danielou; 6. Living Tradition: Recovering History for the Church; 7. The Church as Sacrament: The Ecclesiology of De Lubac and Congar; 8. Conclusion: The Future of Ressourcement