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Monday, August 26, 2019

Louis Bouyer's Apocalyptic Cosmology

In 2015 I gave extended coverage to the publication of Louis Bouyer's memoirs, especially his time on the liturgical commission which did such damage to the Latin Church from the late 1960s to the present day. It was a fascinating read.

Now Angelico Press has brought another book into print, The Apocalypse of Wisdom: Louis Bouyer's Theological Recovery of the Cosmos by Keith Lemna (2019), 524pp.

About this book the publisher tells us this:
Although the French Oratorian priest Louis Bouyer was one of the most comprehensive, influential, and prescient theologians of the twentieth century, only in recent years have some major European studies begun to uncover the rich treasury of his thought. In the present book, the first of its kind in English, Keith Lemna contributes to this body of scholarship a comprehensive study of Bouyer's cosmological vision. Commencing with his seminal monograph Cosmos: The World and the Glory of God, Lemna explores in depth Bouyer's sophiological and apocalyptic theology of creation, detailing especially his profound engagement with scientific, philosophical, religio-mythic, and poetic cosmologies. As the work of possibly the greatest twentieth-century Catholic "sophiologist," the French theologian's cosmology emerges as a path forward for a much-needed reintegration of human knowledge centered on the Mystery at the heart of God's eternal Wisdom revealed in the economy of grace.

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