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The Eucharistic Theology Suggested by Henri de Lubac

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The twentieth century has been remarkable in the world of Christian theology, in the sense that it has seen a reawakening in the field of ecclesiology or the study of the church doctrines at large. This time period had been best described by Romano Guardini, who said that it was almost as if “ the church is awakening in souls” , and Guardini proclaims, that this reawakening was “ an event of incalculable importance” . There is no doubt, that this period of reawakening was initiated by the efforts of Henri de Lubac, along with other theologians like Sergei Bulgakov and John Zizioulas.

Lubac’ s basic theory was propounded on the notion that “ Christianity to be adaptable to the modern generation it must first discover its essence through a return to the originating creative of its doctrines and institutions” . With this viewpoint in mind, he brought about many sweeping reforms within the religion, and changed much of the outlook of modern Christianity, especially within the realms of the Catholic Church. Before proceeding to Lubac’ s interpretations of the Eucharistic ecclesiology, we will take a brief look into the life and works of this enigmatic personality, who was widely acknowledged as a great scholar and was also a great reformer of the modern Christianity.

A brief sketch of the life and works of Henri de Lubac: Henri de Lubac was born on 20th February 1896 in Cambrai, into an aristocratic family from the region of Ardeche (a region in the south-central part of France). In 1913 he joined the Society of Jesus (Lyon), however, his school soon moved away to England. (At St. Leonard’ s on Sea, in Eastern Sussex), owing to the atmosphere of political unrest in France during this time.

In 1914, he was sent to France to join the French army in preparation for the World War I, and with this ended his so-called formal education. Lubac received severe head injuries during the war in Verdun, and after being sent back from the war rejoined the Jesuit ranks and took up philosophical studies.

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