Ressourcement Theology Bibliography

Ressourcement Theology and its Intellectual Background
A Select Bibliography

Ressourcement Theology was a theological movement from the early 20th century through the Second Vatican Council that saw the key to the revitalization of both theology and pastoral life in the church as lying in a reappropriation of the sources–the liturgy, the Scriptures, the Early Church Fathers and the writings of others saints and doctors in whom the Catholic tradition comes to especially powerful expression, particularly St. Thomas Aquinas. Derivsively called the “new theology” or “La nouvelle théologie” by its opponents, this movement is connected with mostly French theologians such as Henri de Lubac, Jean Daniélou, Henri Bouillard, Yves Congar, Louis Bouyer, and Marie-Dominique Chenu, as well as with Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. The movement drew upon the thought of philosophers and poets as well, notably Maurice Blondel, Pierre Rousselot, Etienne Gilson, and Charles Peguy. This selected bibliography is excerpted from the bibliography of Marcellino D’Ambrosio’s doctoral dissertation “Henri de Lubac and the Recovery of the Traditional Hermeneutic,” directed by Avery Cardinal Dulles and submitted to the Catholic University of America in 1991. To read the first chapter of this dissertation which explains the history and character of ressourcement theology, click here.

Inclusion in this bibliography does not constitute an endorsement by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio or the Crossroads Initiative, but is rather intended as an aid to scholarly research.

Taubert, Roger. La théologie catholique au milieu du XXe siècle. Tournai: Casterman, 1954.

Auricchio, John. The Future of Theology. Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1970.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. “Another Ten Years.” Translated by John Saward. In The Analogy of Beauty: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, ed. John Riches, 222-233. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1986.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von “In Retrospect.” Adapted from Regenschaft 1965 by Kenneth Batinovich, N.S.M. In The Analogy of Beauty: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, ed. John Riches, 194-221. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1986.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Karl Barth: Darstellung und Deutung seiner Theologie. Köln: J. Hegner, 1951; 2d ed. 1962. ET: The Theology of Karl Barth. Translated by John Drury. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, [1971].

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Présence et Pensée: Essai sur la Philosophie religieuse de Grégoire de Nysse. Paris: Beauchesne, 1942.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theologie der Geschichte. 2d ed. Einsiedeln: Johannes, 1959. ET: A Theology of History. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1963.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. “Theology and Sanctity.” Word and Redemption: Essays in Theology, 49-86. New York: Herder and Herder, 1965.
Benedict XV, Pope. Encyclical Spiritus Paraclitus (1920). Acta Apostolicae Sedis 12 (1920): 385-422. ET: in Bible Interpretation: Official Catholic Teachings, ed. James J. Megivern, 267-302. Wilmington, NC: Consortium, 1978.

Bergson, Henri. Les deux sources de la morale et de la religion. Paris: F. Alcan, 1932. ET: The Two Sources of Morality and Religion. Translated by R. Ahley Audra and Cloudesley Brereton. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1954.

Blondel, Maurice. L’Action: Essai d’une critique de la vie et d’une science de la pratique. Paris: Felix Alcan, 1893. ET: Action (1893): Essay on a Critique of Life and a Science of Practice. Translated by Oliva Blanchette. Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1984.

Blondel, Maurice. Blondel et Teilhard de Chardin: Correspondance. Edited with a commentary by Henri de Lubac. Paris: Beauchesne, 1965. ET: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin-Maurice Blondel Correspondence. Translated by William Whitman. New York: Herder and Herder, 1967.

Blondel, Maurice. “Histoire et dogme: Les lacunes philosophiques de l’exégèse moderne.” La Quinzaine 56 (1904): 145-167; 349-373; 433-458. ET: in The Letter on Apologetics and History and Dogma. Translated by Alexander Dru and Illtyd Trethowan, O.S.B. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Wilson, 1965.

Blondel, Maurice. Maurice Blondel et Auguste Valensin: Correspondance (1899-1912). Annotated by Henri de Lubac. Paris: Aubier, 1957.

Blondel, Maurice. Maurice Blondel et J. Wehrlé: Correspondance: extraits. Edited and annotated by Henri de Lubac. Paris: Aubier, 1969.

Bonnefoy, Jean François, O.F.M. “La théologie comme science et l’explication de la foi selon Saint Thomas.” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 14 (1937): 421-446 and 600-631; 15 (1938): 491-516.

Bosworth, William. Catholicism and Crisis in Modern France: French Catholic Groups at the Threshold of the Fifth Republic. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1962.

Bouillard, Henri, S.J. Blondel and Christianity. Translated by J. M. Somerville, S.J. Washington: Corpus, 1969.

Bouillard, Henri, S.J. Conversion et grâce chez S. Thomas d’Aquin: Étude historique. Théologie, no. 1. Paris: Aubier, 1944.
Bouillard, Henri, S.J. Karl Barth. 3 vols. Théologie, nos. 38 and 39. Paris: Aubier, 1957.

Bouyer, Louis. Décomposition du catholicisme. Paris: Aubier, 1968. ET: The Decomposition of Catholicism. Translated by Charles Underhill Quinn. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1969.

Bouyer, Louis. Liturgical Piety. Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1954.

Bouyer, Louis. Le métier de théologien: Entretiens avec Georges Daix. Paris: Editions France-Empire, 1979.

Bouyer, Louis. Religieux et clercs contre Dieu. Paris: Aubier, 1975.

Bouyer, Louis. Le sens de la vie monastique. Turnhout-Paris: Brépols, 1952. ET: The Meaning of the Monastic Life. Translated by Kathleen Pond. London: Burns and Oates, 1955.

Bouyer, Louis. Le trône de la Sagesse: Essai sur la signification du culte marial. Paris: Cerf, 1957. ET: The Seat of Wisdom: An Essay on the Place of the Virgin Mary in Christian Theology. New York: Pantheon, 1962.

Braun, François Marie, O.P. The Work of Père Lagrange. Translated by Richard T. A. Murphy, O.P. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1963.
Bugnini, Annibale. The Reform of the Liturgy 1948-1975. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990.

Cantin, Eileen, C.S.J. Mounier: A Personalist View of History. New York: Paulist, 1973.

Chaigne, Louis. Paul Claudel: The Man and the Mystic. Translated by Pierre de Fontnouvelle. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1961.

Chantraine, Georges. “Dialogue: Georges Chantraine on Modern Catholic Theology.” Interview by Joop Koopman. National Catholic Register, 9 December 1984, 1.

Charlier, Louis, O.P. Essai sur le probleme théologique. Thuillies, Belgium: Ramgal, 1938.

Chenu, Marie-Dominique, O.P. “A conversation with Père Chenu.” Dominicana 50 (1965): 141ff.

Chenu, Marie-Dominique, O.P. Jacques Duquesne interroge le P. Chenu. “Un théologien en liberté. Paris: Centurion, 1975.

Chenu, Marie-Dominique, O.P. Le Saulchoir: Une école de la théologie. Paris: Etiolles, 1937. Reprinted in Une école de la théologie: Le Saulchoir, ed. G. Alberigo. Paris: Cerf, 1985.

Chenu, Marie-Dominique, O.P. “Position de la théologie,” Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 24 (1935): 252. Reprinted in Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P., La parole de Dieu. Vol. 1, La foi dans l’intelligence, 115-138. Paris: Cerf, 1964.

Congar, Yves M.-J., O.P. A History of Theology. Translated and ed. Hunter Guthrie, S.J. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.

Congar, Yves M.-J., O.P. Tradition and Traditions: An Historical and a Theological Essay. Translated by Michael Naseby and Thomas Rainborough. New York: Macmillan, 1967.

Congar, Yves M.-J., O.P. Vraie et fausse réforme dans l’église. Unam Sanctam, no. 20. Paris: Cerf, 1950.

Connolly, James M. The Voices of France. New York: Macmillan, 1961.

Copleston, Frederick C., S. J. A History of Philosophy. Vol. 7, Fichte to Nietzsche. Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1963.

Copleston, Frederick C., S. J. Contemporary Philosophy: Studies of Logical Positivism and Existentialism. Westminster, MD: Newman Press, 1956.

Copleston, Frederick C., S. J. Existentialism and Modern Man. Aquinas Papers, no. 9. Oxford: Blackfriars, 1948.

Crouzel, Henri. “Patrologie et renouveau patristique.” In Bilan de la Théologie du XXe siècle, eds. Robert Vander Gucht and H. Vorgrimler. Vol. 2, La théologie chrétienne: les grands courants, 661-683. Paris: Casterman, 1970.

Cullmann, Oscar. Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History. Rev. ed. Translated by Floyd V. Filson. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1964.
Daniélou, Jean, S.J. La culture trahie par les siens. 2d ed. Paris: EPI-s.a., 1972.

Daniélou, Jean, S.J. Essai sur le Mystère de l’Histoire. Paris: Seuil, 1953. ET: The Lord of History: Reflections on the Inner Meaning of History. Translated by Nigel Abercrombie. London: Longmans, 1958.

Daniélou, Jean, S.J. “Les orientations présentes de la pensée religieuse.” Études 249 (April, May, June, 1946): 1-21.

Daniélou, Jean, S.J. “Sources Chrétiennes.” In Contemplation sur la vie de Moïse, by Gregory of Nyssa, 7-8. Introduction and translation by Jean Daniélou, S.J. Sources Chrétiennes, no. 1. Paris: Cerf, 1942.

Dawson, Christopher. Christianity and the New Age. London: Sheed & Ward, 1931; reprint, Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 1985.

Donnelly, Philip J., S.J. “On the Development of Dogma and the Supernatural.” Theological Studies 8 (1947): 471-492.

Draguet, R. “Méthodes théologiques d’hier et d’aujourd’hui.” La Revue catholique des Idées et des Faits (10 Jan. 1936): 1-7; (7 Feb.1936): 4-7; (14 Feb. 1936): 13-17.

Dru, Alexander. Péguy. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.

Edwards, Paul, ed. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 8 vols.New York: Macmillan and the Free Press, 1967.

Garrigou-Lagrange, Réginald, O.P. “La nouvelle théologie où va-t-elle?” Angelicum 23 (July-December, 1946): 126-45.

Gilson, Étienne. L’esprit de la philosophie médiévale. Paris: J. Vrin, 1932. ET: The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy. Translated by A. H. C. Downes. New York: Scribner, 1936.

Gilson, Étienne. Lettres de M. Étienne Gilson adressées à P. Henri de Lubac et commentées par celui-ci. Paris: Les Cerf, 1986. ET: Letters of Étienne Gilson to Henri de Lubac. Translated by Mary Emily Hamilton. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988.

Godin, Henri and Y. Daniel. France, pays de mission? Paris: Cerf, 1943.

Grandmaison, Léonce de, S.J. Jesus Christ. Preface by Jean Daniélou. Translated by Dom Basil Whelan, O.S.B. et al. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1961.

Greenstock, D. L. “Thomism and the New Theology.” Thomist 13 (1950): 583-587.

Gucht, Robert Vander and H. Vorgrimler, eds. Bilan de la Théologie du XXe siècle. Vol. 1, Le monde du XXe siècle. Vol. 2, La théologie chrétienne: les grands courants. Paris: Casterman, 1970.

Hanna, Thomas, ed. The Bergsonian Heritage. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1962.

Henrici, Peter. “Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Sketch of His Life.” Translated by John Saward. Communio 16 (1989): 306-350.

Vincent, Hughes, O.P. “Essai d’une bibliographie sommaire de Père Lagrange.” In Mémorial Lagrange, 1-9. Paris: J. Gabalda, 1940.

Hunt, Ignatius. “Rome and the Literal Sense of Sacred Scripture.” American Benedictine Review 9 (1958-9): 79-103.

Kannengiesser, Charles. “Listening to the Fathers.” Communio 16 (1989): 413-418.

Labourdette, Michel M., O.P. et al. Dialogue théologique. Saint-Maximim, Var.: Les Arcades, 1947.

Lagrange, Joseph Marie, O.P. Au service de la Bible. Paris: Cerf, 1967. ET Personal Reflections and Memoires. Translated by Henry Wansbrough. New York: Paulist, 1985.

Lagrange, Joseph Marie, O.P. La Méthode Historique surtout à propos de l’Ancien Testament. 2d and enl. ed. Paris: V. Lecoffre, 1904. ET: Historical Criticism and the Old Testament. Translated by Edward Myers. London: Catholic Truth Society, 1905.

Langdale, Eugene, ed. Challenge to Action: Addresses of Msgr. Joseph Cardijn. Chicago: Fides, 1955.

“La théologie et ses sources: Réponse aux Etudes critique de la Revue Thomiste (May-Aug., 1946).” Recherches de Science Religieuse 33 (1946): 385-401.

Lebreton, Jules, S.J. Le Père Léonce de Grandmaison. Paris: Beauchesne, 1932.
Leiva-Merikakis, Erasmo. “Louis Bouyer the Theologian.” Communio 16 (1989): 257-282.

Leo XIII, Pope. Encyclical Providentissimus Deus (1893). Acta Sanctae Sedis 26 (1893-4): 269-292. ET: in Megivern, Bible Interpretation, 193-220.

Levie, Jean, S.J. La Bible, parole humaine et message de Dieu. Paris, 1958. ET: The Bible, Word of God in Words of Men. Translated by S. H. Treman. New York: Kenedy, 1961.

L’Homme Devant Dieu: Mélanges offerts au Père De Lubac. 3 vols. Théologie, nos. 56, 57 and 58. Paris: Aubier, 1964.

“Liminaire,” Dieu Vivant 1 (1945); 5-13.

Livingston, James C. Modern Christian Thought: from the Enlightenment to Vatican II. New York: Macmillan, 1971.

Lortz, Josef. Geschichte de Kirche: eine geschichtliche Sinndeutung der inideengeschichtlicher Betrachtung. Münster: Aschendorff, 1953. ET: History of the Church. Adapted from the 5th and 6th eds. by Edwin G. Kaiser. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1938-9.

Lubac, Henri de, S.J., ed. Trois jésuites nous parlent. Paris: Dessain et Tolra, 1980. ET: Three Jesuits Speak. Translated by K. D. Whitehead. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1987.

Lubac, Henri de, S.J. and Jean Bastaire. Claudel and Péguy. Paris: Aubier, 1974.

McCool, Gerald. Catholic Theology in the Nineteenth Century: The Quest for a Unitary Method. New York: Seabury, 1977.

McNeill, John J., S.J. The Blondelian Synthesis: A Study of the Influence of German Philosophical Sources on the Formation of Blondel’s Method and Thought. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1966.

Macquarrie, John. Twentieth Century Religious Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.

Marlé, René, ed. Au coeur de la crise moderniste: Le dossier inédit d’une controverse. Letters of M. Blondel, H. Bremond, F. von Hügel, A. Loisy, F. Mourret, and J. Wehrlé. Paris: Aubier, 1960.

Marty, Elie. Le témoignage de Pierre Rousselot (1878-1915) d’après ses écrits et sa correspondance. 2d ed. Paris: Beauchesne, 1940.

Mersch, Emile, S.J. La théologie du Corps Mystique, 2 vols. 3d ed. Paris: Desclée, 1949. ET: The theology of the Mystical Body. St. Louis: Herder, 1952.

Mersch, Emile, S.J. Le Corps mystique du Christ. 2 vols. Bruxelles: Édition Universelle, 1951. ET: The Whole Christ. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1938.

Murphy, Richard T. A., O.P., ed. Lagrange and Biblical Renewal. Chicago: Priory, 1966.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967. S.v. “Liturgical Movement, Catholic,” by L. C. Sheppard.

Nicolas, M. Jean., O.P. “Théologie de l’Église”. Revue Thomiste 46 (1946): 385-89.

Pieper, Josef. Leisure the Basis of Culture. Translated by Alexander Dru with an introduction by T. S. Eliot. New York: Pantheon, 1952.

Pius XII, Pope. “Allocutio ad Patres Societatis Jesu in XXIX Congregatio Generali electores.” Acta Apostolicae Sedis 338 (1946): 381-385.

Pius XII, Pope. “Allocutio ad Patres delegatos ad Capitulum Generale Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum.” Acta Apostolicae Sedis 338 (1946): 385-389.

Pius XII, Pope. Encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943). Acta Apostolicae Sedis 35 (1943): 297-325. ET: in Megivern, Bible Interpretation, 316-342.

Pius XII, Pope. Encyclical Humani Generis (1950). Acta Apostolicae Sedis 42 (1950): 561-578. ET: in The Papal Encyclicals, vol. 4 (1939-1958), ed. Claudia Carlen, 175-184. Wilmington, NC: McGrath, 1981; repr. n.p.: Pieran, 1990.

Pontifical Biblical Commission. “Letter to the Italian Hierarchy” (20 August 1941). Acta Apostolicae Sedis 33 (1941): 465-472. ET: in Megivern, Bible Interpretation, 304-313.

Pius XII, Pope. “Instructio de Historica Evangeliorum Veritate” (21 April 1964). Acta Apostolicae Sedis 56 (1964): 712-18. ET: “Instruction Concerning the Historical Truth of the Gospels.” In Megivern, Bible Interpretation, 391-398.

Rondet, Henri. “Nouvelle Théologie.” In Sacramentum Mundi 1: 234-236. New York: Herder, 1964.

Rousseau, Oliver. The Progress of the Liturgy. Westminster, MD: Newman, 1951.

Rousselot, Pierre, S.J. L’intellectualisme de saint Thomas. With introduction by Léonce de Grandmaison. 2d ed. [1st ed. Paris, 1909]. Paris: Beauchesne, 1924. ET: The Intellectualism of Saint Thomas. Translated by Father James E. O’Mahony, O.F.M.Cap. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1935.

Shoof, T. Mark, O.P. A Survey of Catholic Theology 1800-1970. Translated by N. D. Smith. Paramus, NJ: Paulist, 1970.

Solages, Bruno de. “Autour d’une controverse.” Bulletin de Littérature Ecclésiastique 48 (1947): 1-17.

Solages, Bruno de. “Pour l’honneur de la théologie.” Bulletin de Littérature Ecclésiastique 48 (1947): 65-84.

Somerville, James. Total Commitment. Washington: Corpus Books, 1968.

“Sources Chrétiennes.” Theological Studies 9 (1948): 250-289.

Stromberg, Roland N. An Intellectual History of Modern Europe. 2d ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975.

Suhard, Emmanuel Cardinal. Growth or Decline? The Church Today. Translated by James A. Corbett. South Bend, IN: Fides, 1948.

Thils, Gustave. Orientations de la théologie. Louvain: Ceuterick, 1958.

Valensin, Auguste. Auguste Valensin: Texts et documents inédits. Presented by Henri de Lubac. Paris: Aubier, 1961.

Ward, Maisie. France Pagan? The Mission of Abbé Godin. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1949.

Vatican Council II. The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation [Dei Verbum]. Acta Apostolicae Sedis 58 (1966): 817-836. ET: in The Documents of Vatican II, ed. Walter M. Abbott, S.J., 111-128. N.p.: Geoffrey Chapman, 1966.