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De Lubac, Henri (1896–1991)

  1. Yolanda J. Gonzalez

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0395

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gonzalez, Y. J. 2011. De Lubac, Henri (1896–1991). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Henri de Lubac, S.J., French Jesuit theologian and cardinal, was a prolific writer and an important figure of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. He was once described by his student Hans Urs von Balthasar as the “defender of misunderstood and unappreciated themes and currents in the history of theology.” Certainly his corpus of works serves as a testament to this observation. His first published work, Catholicism (1938), places him on this trajectory. There he discusses the social aspects of Catholicism, specifically that which entails the salvation of humanity and is illustrated in the sacraments; the historical aspect of Catholicism, dealing particularly with the significance of the church's history; and finally the relationship between the individual and the community.


  • prolific writer, important figure of the catholic church;
  • catholicism, placing him on this trajectory;
  • scriptural exegesis, into the middle ages;
  • four volume work medieval exegesis;
  • medieval exegesis, criticized for attempting to revive the past;
  • supernatural, de lubac's attempt in overcoming understanding of grace;
  • second vatican council