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OK 13 May 2002
By Steve Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Henri de Lubac wrote two works entitled Paradoxes and Further Paradoxes. They first were published in 1945 and 1955, and now available in a combined volume published by Ignatius, under the title Paradoxes of Faith. These works were quite interesting, containing many aphorisms, insights, and meditations on various aspects of Christianity.
According to the introduction to More Paradoxes, Cardinal de Lubac gave this final collection of paradoxes to George Chantraine, S.J. with the instruction "do what you want with it" near the end of his life. I take from this that Cardinal de Lubac wasn't certain that they should be published.
While I enjoyed this work, it isn't on the same level as his previous Paradoxes. Many of the sections are only quotations from other writers (some being Modernists like Schillebeeckx and others more conservative). If you aren't aware of the background to the controversy that surrounded the writer, then the quotations aren't particularly insightful. Nonetheless, there are some astute observations in this work. The section on Biblical criticism is quite interesting. For example, it is often said that the early Church invented the importance of the beloved disciple of the fourth Gospel. I like de Lubac's rejoinder: "Napoleon was admired in the nineteenth century as a great general. That is why tradition attributed to him the victories at . . . Austerlitz, Jena, Wagram. There was no point in wondering if . . . it was the reality of these victories that might have assured him the reputation of being a great general."
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