Pages: 346. Hardcover.
About the author:
Réginald Marie Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (1877–1964), was a French
Catholic theologian and leading Thomist of the twentieth century who
taught at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the
Angelicum, in Rome from 1909 to 1960.
About the translator:
Matthew K. Minerd is an instructor in philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s
University, Frederick, Maryland and at The Byzantine Catholic Seminary
of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“Next to his major works in fundamental theology (De Revelatione) and in philosophical theology (God: His Existence and Nature),
this arguably is Garrigou-Lagrange’s most important theological
contribution at the intersection of fundamental and dogmatic theology.
Though considerably shorter, this book displays in focus and in
substance a striking similarity to Matthias Josef Scheeben’s classic The Mysteries of Christianity. The Sense of Mystery considers
the reality of the divine mystery, the way it informs the fundamental
relationship between nature and grace, and, by way of the latter, shapes
the central topics of dogmatic theology.
At a time when analytic hyper-rationalism, perspectivalist
historicism, and pastoral intuitivism vie for the pole position in
contemporary systematic theology, theologians and students thereof
ignore at their own peril this welcome exercise in theological
perspicuity and epistemic humility. The sacred monster of Thomism turns
out to be a practitioner of theological sanity helping us understand
what is theologically at stake in the face of the contemporary
alternatives. Tolle, lege—Take and read!”
Ordinary Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America
“‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth’ (Fides et Ratio,
Introduction). Thus, Pope St. John Paul II. His theological mentor
composed this volume to explain why logic and mystery both serve
revealed truth. All should welcome this English translation.”
—Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Saint John’s Seminary
“Is Garrigou-Lagrange also among the theologians of mystery? The
answer is emphatically yes. We are in Matthew Minerd’s debt for
producing such a fine translation with annotations that nicely
contextualize Garrigou-Lagrange’s insights. It is past time to add
Garrigou-Lagrange (and his sources) to the reading list of all who seek
true ressourcement of the entire Catholic tradition. If liberal
theology is to be opposed in the twenty-first century Church, we will
need both the neo-scholastics and the nouvelle theologie, whose
insights can now be gleaned without condemning the one or the other.
May the publication of this book signal an end to the circular firing
squad of those who should be allies in the struggle against Catholic
James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology
“In 1998, Pope John Paul II published Fides et Ratio, one of
his seminal encyclicals, which examines the relationship of faith and
reason thematically in light of the notion of three forms of wisdom:
philosophical, theological, and mystical wisdom. This thematic approach
has its precedent especially in this influential work of
Garrigou-Lagrange, Le Sens du Mystere, now translated into
English. This book explores questions of skepticism and metaphysical
realism, knowledge of the existence of God, the supernatural life of
faith, theology and its relation to the mystical life. A landmark book
that should be widely read . . .”
—Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
Dominican House of Studies