Academic journal article Theological Studies

Scanning the Signs of the Times: French Dominicans in the Twentieth Century

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Scanning the Signs of the Times: French Dominicans in the Twentieth Century

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Scanning the Signs of the Times: French Dominicans in the Twentieth Century. By Thomas F. O'Meara and Paul Philibert. Preface by Jean-Pierre Jossua. Dominican Series 9. Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2013. Pp. xx + 152. $49.62; $29.95.

The remarkable theological achievement of Vatican II was the result of a great confluence of ideas and influences merging together from many sources. O'Meara and Philibert persuasively argue that few of these tributaries were as significant and fertile as the theological milieu in France created by the Friars Preachers.

The book serves two overall purposes. The first is to introduce and appraise the lives and thought of seven representative French Dominicans of the early 20th century. These Dominicans individually and collectively pioneered new modes of theological investigation and pastoral life that cumulatively produced an ecclesiological revolution, first in France and then in the whole of the Catholic Church. O'M. and P. offer portraits of renowned figures like Marie-Dominique Chenu and Yves Congar, as well as lesser-known but profoundly influential thinkers such as Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges, Louis-Joseph Lebret, Jacques Loew, Pierre-Andre Liege, and Marie-Alain Coutourier. While providing only sketches of their lives and thought rather than critical analyses, the editors masterfully clarify and relate the work of these men to the most important theological and social developments of the last century. …

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