'Eucharist, Matter and the Supernatural: Why de Lubac Needs Teilhard'

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Abstract

Henri de Lubac intended to found his theology on a revaluation of nature achieved by reasserting nature's dependence on divine supernatural action. He usually identifies nature with human nature however, and therefore fails to demonstrate that the wider natural order also depends on God for its creation, preservation and redemption. In his extensive engagement with the oeuvre of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, de Lubac nevertheless begins to revise this reduction of nature to human nature, although does not fully incorporate the insights gained into his theology. Teilhard's fundamentally eucharistic understanding of materiality provides suggestive possibilities for the successful completion of de Lubac's abolition of the philosophy of pure nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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