An Introduction to Medieval Theology (Introduction to Religion)

An Introduction to Medieval Theology (Introduction to Religion)

By: Rik Van Nieuwenhove (author)Paperback

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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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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, 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).


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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  • publication date: 19/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780521722322
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 308
  • ID: 9780521722322
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 0521722322

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