Encounters with Dominican Intellectual and Spiritual Tradition: 20th and Early 21st Centuries

DS2604C/3604C
crosslisted as CT2604C/3604C

Rev. Dr David Willis OP Not Offered in 2020
The unit will initially focus on three theologians Yves Congar, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, and Edward Schillebeeckx. The relationship of each to the Nouvelle Théologie that appeared in the 1930s and remained influential to the Second Vatican Council will be analysed. Selections from their writing relating to theology and spirituality will be studied (Congar: tradition, lay spirituality, Christ-as-leader; Garrigou-Lagrange: the nature of theology, the ultimate end of human life, the dynamics of the spiritual life; Schillebeeckx: sacraments and religious rituals, the search for God and God’s search for humanity). In a final section, the writings of the English Dominican, Kenelm Foster on Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Dominican tradition, will be explored. 

Prerequisites

DS2603C is recommended 

Mode

face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester

Assessment

second level
  • two 1,000-word critical review exercises 2 x 20%
  • one 2,500-word essay 60%
third level
  • two 1,000-word critical review exercises 2 x 20%
  • one 3,000-word essay 60% 

Bibliography

  • Congar, Yves. Jesus Christ. Translated by Luke O’Neill. New York: Herder & Herder, 1966. 
  • ———. The Meaning of Tradition. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2004.
  • Foster, Kenelm. The Two Dantes and Other Studies. London: Darton, Longman & Todd. 1977. 
  • Garrigou-Lagrange, Reginald. Beatitude: A Commentary on St Thomas’ Theological Summa, 1a 11ae, qq. 1-54. Translated by Patrick Cummins. St Louis: B. Herder, 1956.
  • ———. The One God: A Commentary on the First Part of St Thomas’ Theological Summa. Translated by Bede Rose. St Louis: B. Herder, 1954.
  • ———. The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life. Rockford, IL: Tan Books, 1977.
  • Nichols, Aidan. Reason with Piety: Garrigou-Lagrange in the Service of Catholic Thought. Naples: Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University, 2008. 
  • Schillebeeckx. Edward. Church: The Human Story of God. Translated by John Bowden. New York: Crossroad, 1990.  
  • ———. “The Sacraments: an Encounter with God.” In Edward Schillebeeckx OP, edited by Martin RedfernTheologians Today: A Series. London: Sheed & Ward, 1972.
  • ———. “Towards a Rediscovery of the Christian Sacraments: Ritualising Religious Elements in Daily Life.” In Collected Works of Edward Schillebeeckx, Vol. 11, Essays Ongoing Questions. Translated by Marcelle Manley. London: T. & T. Clark, 2014.