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Catholicism: Christ and the common destiny of man (Universe books)

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  • Unknown Binding: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates (1962)
  • ASIN: B0000CLF4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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(1896-1991) A leading figure in twentieth-century RomanCatholicism. He was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul IIin the mid-1980s. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"He who beholds the Church really beholds Christ" says St Gregory of Nyssa; "Any soul, in cultivating its vineyard, cultivates that of his neighbour as well. The two are so closely united that no one can do good or evil to himself without doing good or evil to his neighbour at the same time. Together you form but one single, universal vineyard" (Saint Catherine of Siena). These are but two of the many many quotes of the patristic age and of the middle ages that De lubac cites and explains to lead us to an inner understanding of the mystery of catholic and orthodox christianity. The effects of subjectivisim and individualism, so prevalent in our culture, can affect us all in insidious ways. De lubac points to the deep mystical social nature of the ecclesia catholica. This is a treasure to be read and re-read with the wisdom of the centures at one's finger tips, so to speak. The one irritant is that some of the footnotes are in latin, which is a little off putting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Important Book 5 April 2010
By Conor B. Dugan - Published on Amazon.com
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Considered one of the most important books of 20th Century Catholic theology, this book is incredible. I was amazed at De Lubac's knowledge and handling of the Church Fathers. I came away with a deeper understanding of the social nature of Catholicism and the underpinnings of Communio theology. The only complaints I have are that a) there are too many footnotes and b)as someone whose Latin is very rusty and wasn't that good to begin with the Latin in the footnotes was almost worthless. I hope they come out with a translation that includes translations of the footnotes. The Appendix with excerpts, mainly of the Fathers, is great too.

Pick this book up and savor it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Fathers. 24 Jun. 2015
By drohan00 - Published on Amazon.com
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de Lubac does a wonderful job of connecting the Catholic faith with the early church fathers. His discussions are well put together and allow the reader to understand the continuity of faith from the era of Augustine, Origen, Ignatius of Antioch. We are a faith, but we are also The Body of Christ himself. Christian belief is not merely internal, it is social and external as well. A well formed faith will spread into the public arena.

I recommend this book. Its influence on modern Catholic spirituality is important. If you want to understand the Catholic Church and its basic theology of the 20th Century, you should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Nov. 2014
By appreciate_every_day - Published on Amazon.com
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great for understanding Catholicism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Restoring the Faith 21 Jun. 2010
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
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Henri de Lubac may just be the father (although unsung) of modern Catholic theology. "Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man" is clearly an example of this. Jesus Christ is not some long gone historic figure, but lives on in the Church - the Mystical Body of Christ. The common destiny of man is to live on in this living Christ.

Criticism of the difficulty in reading de Lubac are somewhat unfounded in that, the important nuances that separates simplistic understanding of Church, theology, and doctrine from a more profound understanding often require complexity. I welcome the difficulty should it provide a greater insight into the meaning of Church as the Living Body.

Although written from a Catholic perspective, de Lubac's engagement of the patristic teachers transcends the Orthodox-Catholic-Protestant divide. I would challenge all those who are serious about faith, doctrine, theology, and ecumenism to explore this book and "entertain" the possibility of the meaning of Church - that which our fathers and mothers in the faith deeply understood and embraced.

Reviewed by: Dr. Jeffrey Wincel (D.Min), author of "Climbing The Mountain of God, The Path to Mystical Discipleship" , Surviving the Fall, America's Second Great DepressionDefying the Trend: Business Ethics and Corporate Morality from a Faith Perspectiveand "Defying the Trend, Business Ethics and Corporate Morality from a Faith Perspective."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 April 2015
By DANIEL DASHNER - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book. College material.
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