Salvation in Henri de Lubac
Divine Grace, Human Nature, and the Mystery of the Cross
276 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Hardcover | 9780268205539 | July 2023
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268205553 | July 2023
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268205522 | July 2023
This study provides a compelling account of the major works of Henri de Lubac, one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century, and argues that soteriology provides a lens through which their inner unity can be discerned.
The writings of Henri de Lubac have left an indelible mark on Catholic theology, preparing the ground for, giving shape to, and explaining the seminal event of twentieth-century Catholicism: the Second Vatican Council. Like the Council itself, though, de Lubac remains a contested figure, difficult to classify.
Salvation in Henri de Lubac presents an overview of de Lubac’s major works in light of his own statements that a mystical vision animated them all. De Lubac’s mystical theology hinges upon a vision of salvation, understood as humanity’s incorporation into the triune God through the cross and resurrection of the incarnate Christ. From his writings on the supernatural and theological epistemology, to his treatments of the spiritual interpretation of Scripture, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, and the theology of history, the mystery of the cross looms large, gathering these disparate topics into one focal center while also allowing their distinct contours to remain. By attending to de Lubac’s work in this light, Eugene R. Schlesinger brings important themes from French language scholarship into the English-speaking conversation and clarifies the nature of de Lubac’s ressourcement. It is not a method, nor a sensibility, but the outgrowth of a conviction: in the mystery of Christ a definitive and unsurpassable gift has been given, one that constitutes the meaning of the world and its history, one whose riches can never be exhausted. Schlesinger claims that unless we understand de Lubac and his work in light of his own motivations and emphases, we risk distorting his contribution, reducing him to a proxy in the struggle for post-conciliar Catholic self-definition.
Eugene R. Schlesinger is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He is the author of Sacrificing the Church: Mass, Mission, and Ecumenism.
“This is an important work, unlocking de Lubac in a fresh way that resituates him within the flow of twentieth-century theology and suggests a different way of conceiving his relation to Vatican II.” —Philip McCosker, coeditor of Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiæ of Thomas Aquinas
"Schlesinger’s Salvation in Henri de Lubac challenges us to see a soteriological vision as the golden thread running through the theologian's many works. This is a substantial contribution to our discussion and will be welcomed by any concerned with theology in our day." —Lewis Ayres, author of Augustine and the Trinity