Jean Borella explores the modernist crisis in Catholic theology, its causes and implications, and offers a solution to the fundamental dilemma of the Western Christian mind and a path to the recovery of the sense of the sacred. For three centuries, philosophers and theologians tried to preserve God's transcendence by denying continuity between the natural and the supernatural. This prolonged division allowed an illusory autonomy and an inclination towards totalitarian humanism. The writings of Henri de Lubac, referring to ancient and Eastern sources, were instrumental in dispelling this illusion. In this remarkable book, Jean Borella lays the foundations for a theology of culture in the tradition of Newman and de Lubac, and recalls us to the adventure of the Christian vocation to holiness, re-opening “the place in us where God awaits our waiting on him.”
In this book, Jean Borella bravely seeks to undo the damage caused by the papal condemnation of Henri de Lubac’s thesis concerning the inherent supernatural ordination of human nature… his book deserves attention from a wide readership.
—Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge
Jean Borella teaches at the University of Nancy II, France. He has written extensively on theology, religious ideas and symbolism.