Henri de Lubac refused to accept the idea of a fixed gulf between the natural and the supernatural. His thought consistently stresses that divine and human are not in some kind of zero-sum relation.
Other theologians, from the Anglican Austin Farrer to de Lubac's fellow Jesuit Erich Przywara, have said the same and have connected this to the central truth of the Incarnation.
The De Lubac Lecture suggests how we might further explore the connection between what we say about Christ and what we say about God's relation to finite existence — with the hope of showing that our theology of Christ is deeply intertwined with what we say in every other area of our Christian thinking and acting.
The Department of Theological Studies hosts the annual Bellarmine Lecture each fall. It is named for Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J., a 16th-century professor of theology and Italian archbishop who was canonized in 1930.
Supported by the Jesuit Marchetti Endowment at Saint Louis University, the lecture is free and open to the public. Past speakers have included theologian and religious historian Bernard McGinn, Ph.D., American historian and a scholar of religious studies Paula Fredriksen, Ph.D., and Roman Catholic feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
For further information about lectures and events, contact the Department of Theological Studies at 314-977-2881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.