It is well known that Henri de Lubac's groundbreaking and highly controversial work on nature and grace had important implications for the Church's relationship to culture and was intended to remove a philosophical obstacle hindering Catholicism's faithful engagement with the secular world. This book addresses a too-often-neglected dimension of de Lubac's theological renewal by examining the centrality and indispensability of spiritual exegesis in his oeuvre and making explicit its social and political significance for the Church's worship and witness. In addition to exploring the historical and ecclesial context within which he worked, the current work brings de Lubac into a critical engagement with the more recent theological movements of postliberalism and Radical Orthodoxy in order to demonstrate the enduring significance of his theological vision.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Hollon offers the best introduction to date on de Lubac's spiritual interpretation of Scripture. His bold recovery of Henri de Lubac's participatory hermeneutic offers an excellent contribution to the rapidly growing scholarship on the French Catholic theologian. The book argues for a hermeneutic that avoids the dual trap of isolating Jesus' biblical identity from the life of the Church (the post-liberal tendency) and of reducing Christology to ecclesiology (the fallacy of Radical Orthodoxy). Hollon convincingly argues that the Church's ontological participation in Christ is mediated through the practice of spiritual interpretation along the lines advocated by de Lubac. The result is both an incisive, sympathetic-critical engagement with contemporary hermeneutics and a superb introduction to one of the central concerns of de Lubac." --Hans Boersma, author of Nouvelle theologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery (forthcoming)
"Everything is Sacred is an excellent introduction to the polemical and influential writings of Henri de Lubac….This book will be useful to scholars in hermeneutics, philosophy, systematic and historical theology." - -Catholic Books Review
"Hollon's conviction that de Lubac's theology is christologically grounded is notable. Indeed, he contends that, despite the absence of rhetoric, de Lubac in fact goes further than radical orthodoxy in "extending a fully Christianized ontology". This is not immediately obvious, hence the importance of the book's treatments of de Lubac's Corpus Mysticum ecclesiology and especially his spiritual exegesis: both are unified in Christ." - Modern Theology
"This is a useful study that rightly corrects Milbank's use of de Lubac and makes a serious contribution to the conversation over radical orthodoxy." - Theological Studies.
"eminently accessible, and in the process it presents a powerful defence of de Lubac's hermeneutical concerns." - Reviews in Religion and Theology
Bryan C. Hollon
Bryan C. Hollon is Assistant Professor of Theology at Malone College in Canton, Ohio.