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Nice to meet you 6 July 2009
By Bobby Bambino - Published on
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This book is about not only the life of Fr. de Lubac, but also his major works and theological thought. Throughout the book, the author draws from Fr. de Lubac's book reflecting on his own writings titled "At the Service of the Church." However, this book only acts as the framework for which the author considers many of the other writings of de Lubac including Catholicism, The Drama of Atheist Humanism, and The Splendor of the Church. One thing I learned about de Lubac was his fascination with Buddhism. Not in so much a "this religion is so cool" way, but he was very interested in learning about it and never, to my knowledge, let his interest in the Buddhist religion influence his theological writings in a heretical way. The author also discusses the sad time in de Lubac's life in which he was silenced by the Church for his writings in "The Supernatural." Though de Lubac loved to write new theology, his obedience to the Church came first, and he bore his cross like the true saint he is. de Lubac's obedience to mother Church paid off (of course) as many of his theological writings and some of his ideas in The Supernatural (I think) were used in Vatican II.

There were a couple of things that I learned about de Lubac that surprised me. First was the fact that he wrote in defense of Teilhard de Chardin. This came as a shock to me, as I have always understood Teilhard's writings to be downright heretical. However, I will give Fr. de Lubac the benefit of the doubt and someday look more into what de Lubac has to say about Teilhard and to what extent he defends him. More shocking than this to me was the fact that Fr. de Lubac and my favorite theologian Fr. Garrigiou-Lagrange butted heads. This was quite the blow to me, as I hold both of these theologians in very high esteem.

All in all, this was a very good introduction to the writings and thought of Fr. de Lubac. In fact, this is probably the book to read before any of Fr. de Lubac's actual writings because they can be very difficult to read and understand if one doesn't have a good idea where he is going or is used to writing which can be strings of quotes separated by the occasional prepositional phrase or transition word.
Good biography 4 Jan 2014
By Liviu Ursache - Published on
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The author does a good job in pointing out the circumstances of Lubac's writing. Thus, one can understand better what and why de Lubac wrote.
de Lubac, New Theology, and Humility 14 Jun 2013
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Henri de Lubac was a soldier, wounded at Verdun, separated from service, and entered into Jesuit seminary. Born of an noble French family, he was ordained, obtained a professorship, and taught until the onset of WWII, when he was forced underground as a member of the Resistance. Later, because he was painted with the Modernist brush, he was again forbidden to teach, and spent nearly a decade away from his professorial duties. A brilliant writer and author, de Lubac was instrumental in working with Popes Paul VI and John XXIII in the work of the Vatican Council. De Lubac was named a Cardinal although he had declined the advancement when offered by Paul VI. His life and works is well detailed by Rudolf Voderholzer. I want to read Cardinal de Lubac's books as a result of my reading of this fascinating man's life.
Meet Henri de Lubac 13 Jun 2013
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This is a helpful introduction to a misunderstood thinker. The sources mentioned in the footnotes and text are very helpful.
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Great book about a great theologian 4 Sep 2011
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However difficult it may be to write biography about a deep thinker (with something important to say), the author has captured the essence of the great man and the controversy which surrounded him. From controversy came triumph, also well described and explained.
From a Catholic deacon
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