Already for some time in Western theology one may observe a movement described as „Thomistic Ressourcement”. Its essence consists in the attempt to fuse Thomism with at least some elements of 20th-century “New Theology”, especially with its return to research on the Scripture and the Church Fathers. The aim is to enable Thomistic thought to answer the challenges of modernity (undertaken e.g. by the “New Theology”), in the same time taking into consideration the outcomes of the Second Vatican Council.
A special role in this “Thomistic Ressourcement” is played by a group of theologians working in the U.S., like Matthew Levering, Thomas Joseph White O.P., Romanus Cessario O.P., Reinhard Hütter and many others. In this respect, we recommend you an interview with Matthew Levering (for Thomas International Center) and an essay by Reinhard Hütter (for “First Things”), concerning among others this movement, its main principles and reasons for its creation.
In 2010 a book Ressourcement Thomism. Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments and the Moral Life was published (ed. by M. Levering and R. Hütter, Catholic University of America Press; excerpts from the book and the table of contents may be found at Google Books). It is a collection of studies written precisely from the perspective of “Thomistic Ressourcement”. It was dedicated to Romanus Cessario, who is described by Thomistica.net as contemporary princeps thomistarum (we recommend an interview with him for “America. The Jesuit Review”, where he discusses the state of Thomism in the 21st century).
In 2011 CUA Press began issuing a series “Thomistic Ressourcement”, edited by Matthew Levering and Thomas Joseph White O.P. So far the following books on various aspects of the Catholic faith were published:
- Gilles Emery O.P., The Trinity: An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Triune God, transl. by Matthew Levering (2011);
- Jean-Pierre Torrell O.P., Christ and Spirituality in St. Thomas Aquinas, transl. by Bernhard Blankenhorn O.P. (2011; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole O.P., Introduction to the Mystery of the Church, transl. by Michael J. Miller (2014; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Bernhard Blankenhorn O.P., The Mystery of Union with God: Dionysian Mysticism in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas (2015; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Thomas Joseph White O.P., The Incarnate Lord. A Thomistic Study in Christology (2015; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Serge-Thomas Bonino O.P., Angels and Demons. A Catholic Introduction, transl. by Michael J. Miller (2016; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Thomas Petri O.P., Aquinas and the Theology of the Body. The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology (2016; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Michael G. Sirilla, The Ideal Bishop. Aquinas’s Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles (2017; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books);
- Reginald Lynch O.P., The Cleansing of the Heart. The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition (2017; excerpts and the table of contents at Google Books).
In Autumn 2018 two other books are to be published in the series: Anthony T. Flood, The Metaphysical Foundations of Love. Aquinas on Participation, Unity, and Union and Domenic D’Ettore, Analogy after Aquinas. Logical Problems, Thomistic Answers.