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Christ and Creation

Christology as the key to interpreting the theology of creation in the works of Henri de Lubac

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Noel O'Sullivan, Reverend

This book sets out to interpret Henri de Lubac’s theology of creation from a christological perspective. The challenge of this research has been the absence of a systematic christology in the writings of de Lubac. Yet it is possible to posit a Lubacian christology by sifting through the author’s work on a myriad of subjects. The point of entry is the patristic distinction between ‘image’ and ‘likeness’, whereby ‘image’ is understood as an inamissible seal which bestows the divine prerogatives of reason, freedom, immortality and dominion over nature. ‘Likeness’ is a potential given at creation and realised in the course of the economy of salvation. De Lubac describes it variously as divinisation, divine union, the supernatural dignity of the human being, and participation in the internal movement of the Trinity. The originality of this book consists in the gradual emergence of the role of Christ in the process whereby image becomes likeness. De Lubac records his intention to publish a book on Jesus Christ, an ambition he never realised. The present book does not just illustrate the omnipresence of Christ in the writings of de Lubac but dares to delineate what a Lubacian christology would look like.
Contents: De Lubac’s development of a new type of theology – The principle of auscultation and the catholicity of truth as the foundational principles underlying de Lubac’s new type of theology – A contextual study of contemporary cultural and theological issues – Creation as a theological concept – The emerging christology of the ‘supernatural’ debate – The incarnation as continuity and rupture; the fulfilment of the scriptures and the transcendent newness of the incarnation – Jesus Christ: Revelation of the Trinity – The Church as sacrament of Christ – Recapitulation of all things in Christ.