Teilhard at Ore Place, Hastings, 1908-1912

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The crucial role of the French Jesuit theologate in exile at Ore Place, Hastings (1906–26) in the development of la nouvelle théologie has been greatly overlooked in favour of Lyons and Fourvière. In fact, Ore Place played a key early role in the ressourcement of twentieth century French catholic theology through constituting a unified and sympathetic scholarly community during an era of theological and political turmoil. One of the theologate’s best-known students was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1908–12), while other teachers and students included Pierre Charles, Joseph Huby, Henri de Lubac, Ferdinand Prat, Pierre Rousselot, and Auguste Valensin. Within this congenial scholarly community, Teilhard developed some key theological foundations of his thought on topics including grace and nature (miracles, anthropology, and evolution) and christology, and was ordained. The full importance of theological formation at Ore Place for the thought of Teilhard and other French Jesuits of his generation has rarely been recognized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-700
JournalNew Blackfriars
Issue number1030
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Hastings
  • Lyons
  • nouvelle théologie
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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