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RessourcementA Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology$
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Gabriel Flynn and Paul D. Murray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199552870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552870.001.0001

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Ressourcement and the Retrieval of Thomism for the Contemporary World

Ressourcement and the Retrieval of Thomism for the Contemporary World

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Stephen M. Fields

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This chapter develops an analogy of human and divine freedom that is mindful of contemporary issues on the one hand and the ressourcement's critique of Thomism on the other. Relying on Louis Dupré's analysis, it contends that modernity requires accounting for human creativity, even while grounding an analogy between it and the transcendence from which it springs. Max Seckler, in his study of the instinct of faith, shows how Aquinas's understanding of the relation between nature and grace can squarely address these concerns. Dupré reminds us, moreover, that modernity also requires linking the analogy between human creativity and transcendence to the events of history. Thomas's consideration of the instinct needs amplifying in order to establish this link. A reading of Augustine's Confessions offers us a means to this end, even as it shows how a patristic source can complement high scholasticism.

Keywords:   Analogy of freedom, Augustine, history, instinct of faith, (Louis) Dupré, modernity, nature and grace, ressourcement, (Max) Seckler, Thomism

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