PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century

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Module Level

9/10 MTh/PhD/STL Seminar Course

Time Allowance

Semester 1. 10 seminars, Wednesdays 18:00-20:00. Beginning 25.09.2019


Continuous Assessment (presentations, participation, short papers) 40% and Major Essay (5000 words) 60%

Module Aims

This module introduces students to key shifts in Catholic dogmatic, moral, biblical and liturgical theology in the 20th Century by providing a context for, and overview of, theological developments in the period and comparing and analysing key primary texts.

Indicative Syllabus:

General background: modernity, the rise of Neo-Scholasticism, and the theological status quo at the turn of the 20th century.

Renewal in Dogmatic Theology: Ecclesiology; Revelation

Renewal in Moral Theology: Pre-Vatican II manuals of moral theology; history, scripture and charity in the renewal of moral theology

Renewal in Biblical Theology: the historical-critical turn; scripture as the soul of theology

Renewal in Liturgical Theology: The Liturgical Movement; the lectionary.

Vatican II as watershed: point of theological culmination and departure

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically discuss philosophical, theological and methodological shifts underpinning the renewal of systematic, moral and biblical theology in the twentieth century.
  • Identify both continuities and shifts in key primary texts;
  • Critically assess the degree to which particular theologians exemplify these developments.


  • Gabriel Flynn and Paul D Murray, eds. Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Albert Gerhards and Benedikt Kranemann, Introduction to the Study of Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017).
  • Benjamin Gordon-Taylor and Juliette Day, editors, The Study of Liturgy and Worship (London: SPCK, 2013).
  • James F. Keenan, A History of Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century, New York: Continuum, 2010.
  • James C. Livingston and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza et al, eds. Modern Christian Thought, 2 volumes, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006.
  • Selections from pre-conciliar dogmatic and moral manuals, Yves Congar O.P., Jean Daniélou S.J., Bernard Häring, Bernard Lonergan, Richard M. Gula, William E. May, Raymond E. Brown, Dei Verbum, documents of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.