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Henri de Lubac : biography

February 20, 1896 – September 4, 1991

Henri-Marie de Lubac, SJ (February 20, 1896 – September 4, 1991) was a French Jesuit priest who became a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. His writings and doctrinal research played a key role in the shaping of the Second Vatican Council.

World War II and spiritual resistance

During the Second World War, de Lubac joined a movement of "spiritual resistance," assisting in the publication of an underground journal of Nazi resistance called Témoinage chrétien, or Christian Witness. It was intended to show the incompatibility of Christian belief with the philosophy and activities of the Nazi regime, both in Germany and also under the cover of the Vichy government in southern France, which was theoretically independent of the Reich. De Lubac was often in hiding from the Germans and several of his co-workers on the journal were captured and executed. Even in hiding, he continued to study and write.

Selected bibliography

Primary Texts

  • Catholicisme: les aspects sociaux du dogme, 1938, translated as Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man. trans. Sheppard, L. & Englund, E. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1988.
  • Corpus Mysticum: L’Eucharistie et l’Église au moyen âge, 1944, translated as Corpus Mysticum: The Eucharist and the Church in the Middle Ages, 2006
  • De la Connaissance de Dieu (‘The Discovery of God’), 1945–48
  • Surnaturel, 1946
  • Exégèse médiévale, 1959, 1961, 1964
  • Teilhard de Chardin: the man and his meaning. Translated by Rene Hague. 1st American ed. New York:Hawthorn Books, 1965.
  • The religion of Teilhard de Chardin. Translated by Rene Hague. New York: Desclee Co.,1967.
  • Teilhard explained. Translated by Anthony Buono. New York: Paulist Press,1968.
  • The Eternal Feminine; a study on the poem by Teilhard de Chardin. Translated by Rene Hague. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Harper & Row,1971.
  • A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace. trans. Richard Arnandez. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1984.
  • The Mystery of the Supernatural. trans. Rosemary Sheed. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company. 1998
  • The Drama of Atheist Humanism. trans. Riley, M., Nash, A. & Sebanc, M. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.1995
  • Paradoxes of Faith. trans. Simon, P., Kreilkamp, S., & Beaumont, E. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 1987
  • The Christian Faith: an essay on the structure of the Apostles’ Creed. Translated by Richard Arnandez. San Francisco: IgnatiusPress,1986.
  • Three Jesuits speak: Yves de Montcheuil,1899-1944, Charles Nicolet,1897-1961, Jean Zupan, 1899-1968. Presented by Henri de Lubac. Translated by K.D. Whitehead. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987.
  • More Paradoxes. trans. A. Nash. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2002.

Secondary Texts

  • John Milbank. 2005. The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Debate concerning the Supernatural. Cambridge: William B Eerdmans
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar. 1991. The Theology of Henri de Lubac. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.
  • David Grumett. 2007. De Lubac: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T&T Clark
  • Bryan C. Hollon. 2009. Everything is Sacred: Spiritual Exegesis in the Political Theology of Henri de Lubac. Eugene, OR.: Cascade/Wipf & Stock
  • Rudolf Voderholzer. 2008. Meet Henri de Lubac: His Life and Work. San Francisco: Ignatius Press
  • Susan Wood. 1998. Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac. Edinburgh: T&T Clark
  • Fergus Kerr. 2007. Henri de Lubac. In: Twentieth-Century Catholic Theologians. pp. 67–87. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Jérôme Ducor. 2007. "Les écrits d’Henri de Lubac sur le bouddhisme"; Les cahiers bouddhiques, n° 5 (Paris, Université Bouddhique Européenne, déc. 2007; ISSN 1777-926X), p. 81-110.