Saints or Devils Incarnate?

Saints or Devils Incarnate? : Studies in Jesuit History

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Almost from the moment the Jesuits were founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola and his companions they suffered from misunderstanding, some positive, much of it negative. Myth and misinformation abounded. The Society of Jesus, the Jesuits' official name, was a society of saints or of devils incarnate. Not until the mid-twentieth century did historians begin to dispel some of the myths, but only with John O'Malley's The First Jesuits (1993) did a new era open in the study of the Society. Since then the Jesuits have attracted great attention from scholars of all disciplines on an international basis. O'Malley has continued to write about Saint Ignatius and the subsequent history of the Jesuits. This volume contains a number of such studies and presses forward the trajectory he launched two decades ago with his book.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 160 x 242 x 24mm | 639.99g
  • Brill
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • XIV, 312 Pp. wi.
  • 9004255346
  • 9789004255340

About John W. O'Malley

John W. O'Malley, Ph.D. (1966) in History, Harvard University, is University Professor at Georgetown University. He has published extensively on various aspects of early modern Catholicism. His latest book is Trent: What Happened at the Council (Harvard, 2013).show more

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"Readers will appreciate O'Malley's clear and lively style of writing, pleasantly laced with some dry humour as in the book's title Saints or Devils? Brill are to be thanked for the excellent presentation of the volume and for including the fine illustrations". Norman Tanner, SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. In: Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Vol. 83, fasc. 165 (2014/I), pp. 233-235.show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS Abbreviations List of Illustrations 1. The Historiography of the Society of Jesus: Where Does It Stand Today? Originally published in The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773, ed. John W. O'Malley, et al. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999), 3-37. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 2. The Pastoral, Social, Ecclesiastical, Civic, and Cultural Mission of the Society of Jesus. Originally published in The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773, ed. John W. O'Malley, et al. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), xxiii-xxxvi. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 3. Society of Jesus. Originally published in A Companion to the Reformation World, ed. R. Po-chia Hsia (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 223-36. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 4. Was Ignatius of Loyola a church Reformer? How to Look at Early Modern Catholicism. Originally published in The Catholic Historical Review 77 (1991): 177-193. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 5. The Ministry to Outsiders: The Jesuits. Originally published in A History of Pastoral Care, ed. G. R. Evans (London: Cassell, 2000), 252-261. Reprinted with permission of the publisher (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc). 6. Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491-1556). Originally published in The Reformation Theologians, ed., Carter Lindberg (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 298-310. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 7. Ignatius's Special 'Way of Proceeding.' Originally published America (July 31, 2006), 10-12. Reprinted with permission of the publisher (America Press). 8. Early Jesuit Spirituality: Spain and Italy. Originally published in Christian Spirituality: Post-Reformation and Modern, ed. Louis Dupre and Don E. Saliers = vol. 3 of Christian Spirituality (New York: Crossroad, 1989), 3-27. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 9. To Travel to Any Part of the World: Jeronimo Nadal and the Jesuit Vocation. Originally published in Studies in Jesuit Spirituality 16/2 (1984) (St. Louis: Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality, 1984, n. 30). Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 10. Some Distinctive Characteristics of Jesuit Spirituality in the Sixteenth Century. Originally published in Jesuit Spirituality: A Now and Future Resource, edited by John W. O'Malley, John W. Padberg, and Vincent T. O'Keefe (Chicago: Loyola Press, 1990), 1-20. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 11. Renaissance Humanism and the Religious Culture of the Early Jesuits. Originally published in The Heythrop Journal 31/4 (1990): 471-487. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 12. How the First Jesuits Became Involved in Education. Originally published in The Jesuit Ratio Studiorum: 400th Anniversary Perspectives, ed. Vincent J. Duminuco (New York: Fordham UP, 2000), 56-74. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 13. Mission and the Early Jesuits. Originally published in The Way, Supplement 79 (1994): 3-10. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 14. Saint Ignatius and the Cultural Mission of the Society of Jesus. Originally published in The Jesuits and the Arts, ed. John W. O'Malley and Gauvin Alexander Bailey (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, 2005), 3-26. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. 15. The Many Lives of Ignatius of Loyola: Future Saint. Originally published in Constructing a Saint through Images: The 1609 Illustrated Biography of Ignatius of Loyola (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's UP, 2008), 1-36. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. Indexshow more