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An Avant-garde Theological GenerationThe Nouvelle Théologie and the French Crisis of Modernity$
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Jon Kirwan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819226.001.0001

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The First Ressourcement

The First Ressourcement

The Generations of 1890 and 1912

(p.69) 3 The First Ressourcement
An Avant-garde Theological Generation

Jon Kirwan

Oxford University Press

This chapter will begin to apply generational theory to the Fourvière Jesuits and Le Saulchoir Dominicans by examining the previous generations that were influential in shaping them. Sedimentation theory, the notion that common experience, previous national trauma, and certain intellectual and cultural impulses are transmitted genetically through previous generations, will help demonstrate how they influenced the philosophical, theological, and political development of the nouvelle théologie. First, the Jesuit generation of 1890, led by Léonce de Grandmaison and Jules Lebreton is discussed. They are undoubtedly the fathers of Jesuit ressourcement. Next, the chapter highlights a younger Jesuit unit of the generation of 1912 (Agathon), which included Albert Valensin, Pierre Rousselot, Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph Huby, Joseph Maréchal and, finally, the early Dominican thinkers, such as Ambroise Gardeil, who were influential. Each of these generational units will contribute something important to the genetic blueprint of the nouveaux théologiens.

Keywords:   Leonce de Grandmaison, Jules Lebreton, Ambroise Gardeil, Teilhard de Chardin, Albert Valensin, Joseph Maréchal, Joseph Huby, Pierre Rousselot, ressourcement

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