An Introduction to Medieval Theology

An Introduction to Medieval Theology

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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.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139368524
  • 9781139368520

Table of contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Legacy of the Fathers: 2. Augustine of Hippo; 3. Monks and scholars in the fifth and sixth centuries: John Cassian, Boethius and Pseudo-Dionysius; Part II. Early Medieval Theologians: 4. Gregory the Great; 5. John Scottus Eriugena; Part III. The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries: 6. Introduction: renewal in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; 7. Anselm of Canterbury; 8. Monks and scholars in the twelfth century: Peter Abelard, William of St Thierry and Bernard of Clairvaux; 9. Hugh of St Victor; 10. Richard of St Victor; 11. Peter Lombard and the systematisation of theology; Part IV. The Thirteenth Century: 12. Introduction; 13. Thomas Aquinas; 14. Bonaventure; 15. The Condemnations of 1277; 16. John Duns Scotus; Part V. The Fourteenth Century and Beyond: 17. Introduction; 18. William of Ockham; 19. Meister Eckhart; 20. Jan van Ruusbroec and the Modern Devotion; 21. Epilogue; Bibliographical note; Index.
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'This short book covers a lot of territory. Van Nieuwenhove loves medieval theology and offers many of its riches to contemporary theological thinkers ... has some clear and compelling explanations of complicated ideas ... Van Nieuwenhove himself has brought such a disposition to this volume and readers open to his guidance as a way into further study in medieval theology will find themselves well served.' Anne Thayer, Sehepunkte 'For those who approach the complex and vast world of medieval theology, van Nieuwenhove's work constitutes an invaluable and well-crafted guide.' Lateranum
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About Rik Van Nieuwenhove

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).
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