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 1930’s 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: DS9604C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Assess the approach of neoscholastic Thomism to philosophy and theology


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


Assess the Nouvelle Théologie movement’s approach to Aquinas


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


Assess Foster’s understanding of Dante’s thought on the Dominican tradition in the Divine Comedy.


Develop a specific topic for research in a sustained and self-directing way

Unit sequence



Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Option A 7000 word essay

Or Option B

7000 100.0

Option B 2500 word seminar paper (40%) 4500 word essay (60%)

Or Option A

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-01 09:13:22 +1000