Henri De Lubac

Authored by: Susan K. Wood

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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Born at Cambrai (Nord), France, on February 20, 1896, Henri de Lubac entered the Society of Jesus at the novitiate of Saint Leonard (Great Britain) in 1913, only to be drafted into the French army in 1915. In the service until 1919, he was wounded in action and received the Croix de Guerre. He pursued studies at the Isle of Jersey, in Canterbury (letters, 1919–20), Jersey (philosophy, 1920–23), and Hastings (theology 1924–26) and was ordained a priest on August 22, 1927. Following his tertianship (Paray-le-Monial, 1928–29), he was named Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Catholic Faculty of Lyon in 1929. He added the teaching of the history of religions to his responsibilities a year later, when he became acquainted with Jules Monchanin (1895–1957) (cf. Images de l'abbé Monchanin [Paris 1967]). He never received the doctorate in theology.

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