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.

Unit Code: DS3604C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Evaluate the approach of neoscholastic Thomism to philosophy and theology


Analyse the main criticisms of neoscholasticism by theologians of the Nouvelle Théologie movement


Evaluate the Nouvelle Théologie movement’s approach to Aquinas


Evaluate the thought of Garrigou-Lagrange, Congar and Schillebeeckx on a particular theological and spirituality issue


Analyse the position that the achievements of the Nouvelle Théologie are to be acknowledged but they are not to be judged as replacing classical ontological theology


Evaluate Foster’s view of Dante’s thought on the Dominican tradition in the Divine Comedy

Unit sequence

DS2603C is recommended


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

1000 word critical review exercise

1000 20.0

3000 word essay

3000 60.0
Critical Review

1000 word critical review exercise

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-10 12:32:27 +1000