Aelred of Rievaulx: Pursuing Perfect Happiness

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Overview

The power, or virtue, that perfects the human intellect is humility, which is not meekness but self-knowledge, gained through introspection and meditation on and through nature and Scripture. The will is perfected through love, without which no human act is good. Love for oneself, love for others, and love for God are complementary, not competing, acts of will. A special way of loving is friendship, on which Aelred's teaching is perhaps the most complete and most sophisticated in the history of Christian thought. Perfection is, for Aelred, attainable in this life, since he sees perfection as a process, not a static condition. That condition will be attained in the total fulfillment of the afterlife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142613
  • Publisher: Newman Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

I An introduction to Aelred 1
II Adam's wondrous dignity 10
III Adam's fall and restoration 28
IV Humility : the perfection of the intellect 41
V Love : the perfection of the will 57
VI Friendship and the perfection of attachment 70
VII The path of virtue 81
VIII The happiness of perfection 102
IX Contemplation 120
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