Introduction to Medieval Theology

ISBN-10: 0521722322
ISBN-13: 9780521722322
Edition: 2012
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Description: Medieval theology, in all its diversity, was radically theo-centric, Trinitarian, Scriptural and sacramental. It also operated with a profound view of human understanding (in terms of intellectus rather than mere ratio). In a post-modern climate, in  More...

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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Medieval theology, in all its diversity, was radically theo-centric, Trinitarian, Scriptural and sacramental. It also operated with a profound view of human understanding (in terms of intellectus rather than mere ratio). In a post-modern climate, in which the modern views on 'autonomous reason' are increasingly being questioned, it may prove fruitful to re-engage with pre-modern thinkers who, obviously, did not share our modern and post-modern presuppositions. Their different perspective does not antiquate their thought, as some of the 'cultured despisers' of medieval thought might imagine. On the contrary, rather than rendering their views obsolete it makes them profoundly challenging and enriching for theology today. This book is more than a survey of key medieval thinkers (from Augustine to the late-medieval period); it is an invitation to think along with major theologians and explore how their thought can deeply challenge some of today's modern and post-modern key assumptions.

Rik Van Nieuwenhove is Lecturer in Theology in Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of Jan van Ruusbroec, Mystical Theologian of the Trinity (2003) and co-author (with Declan Marmion) of An Introduction to the Trinity (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is co-editor (with Joseph Wawrykow) of The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2005) and is the principal editor (with collaboration from Rob Faesen and Helen Rolfson) of Late-Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries (2008).

Introduction
The Legacy of the Fathers
Augustine of Hippo
Monks and scholars in the fifth and sixth centuries: John Cassian, Boethius and Pseudo-Dionysius
Early Medieval Theologians
Gregory the Great
John Scottus Eriugena
The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Introduction: renewal in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
Anselm of Canterbury
Monks and scholars in the twelfth century: Peter Abelard, William of St Thierry and Bernard of Clairvaux
Hugh of St Victor
Richard of St Victor
Peter Lombard and the systematisation of theology
The Thirteenth Century
Introduction
Thomas Aquinas
Bonaventure
The Condemnations of 1277
John Duns Scotus
The Fourteenth Century and Beyond
Introduction
William of Ockham
Meister Eckhart
Jan van Ruusbroec and the Modern Devotion
Epilogue
Bibliographical note
Index

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