Ressourcement and Thomism
The aim of this course is twofold: (i.) to provide an introduction to the Christian philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, who is the common doctor of the Church and "the guide and model for theological studies" (Fides et Ratio, 78); and (ii.) to familiarize students with some of the key debates within twentieth-century Thomism which form the backdrop to the Second Vatican Council and still significantly influence its interpretation today. Particular attention will be given to the relation between nature and grace, the question of 'Christian philosophy,' and the mystery of Christ’s “real presence” in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Authors studied include Thomas Aquinas, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Étienne Gilson, and Joseph Ratzinger.