The great twentieth-century theologian Henri de Lubac sought in this work to clarify the relationship between nature and grace, a relationship he thought had been greatly misunderstood by certain theologians. De Lubac’s insights revolutionized the modern discussion of nature and grace, and they influenced thinkers such as John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as well as Hans Urs von Balthasar.
This book, written after the Second Vatican Council and toward the end of de Lubac’s long life, summarizes and extends key ideas he sought to recover from the classical sources of early and medieval Christianity. Confronted with distortions of Christian teaching, de Lubac repudiates on the one hand the extreme of radically opposing nature and grace, as if grace were entirely alien to nature, and on the other hand, the extreme of radically confusing them.
A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace also contains appendices, including de Lubac’s famous “The Council and the Parachurch”, in which he examines widespread misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council.
PREFACEI. Natural and the Supernatural1. Two Correlative Terms2. The True Supernatural3. Adjective or Noun?4. Admirabile Commercium5. A Distinction Which Remains
II. Consequences1. Humility2. Mystery3. Ascesis, Transformation, Synthesis4. Transcendence5. The Role of the Church
III. Nature and Grace1. Conversion2. Allergy to Sin3. Evil and History4. Realism5. Liberation and Salvation
CONCLUSIONAPPENDICES A. The “Supernatural” at Vatican IIB. The “Sacrament of the World”?C. The Council and the Para-CouncilD. The “Cult of Man”: In Reparation to Paul VI
Henri de Lubac, S. J., was considered as one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century. Together with the works of other towering modern theologians (and friends) Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and Hans Urs von Balthasar, the writings of de Lubac stand out as crucial to twentieth-century Catholicism. Among his other famous books are Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man, The Splendor of the Church, The Christian Faith, The Drama of Atheist Humanism, and The Motherhood of the Church.