Great Christian Thinkers

Great Christian Thinkers

by Pope Benedict XVI Benedict
     
 

From Clement of Rome to today, the project of understanding the faith has engaged and impelled some of the West's greatest minds. Here Pope Benedict XVI accessibly and sympathetically reflects on the lives and works of Christianity's chief theologians, teachers, ascetics and mystics up to the end of the Middle Ages.

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From Clement of Rome to today, the project of understanding the faith has engaged and impelled some of the West's greatest minds. Here Pope Benedict XVI accessibly and sympathetically reflects on the lives and works of Christianity's chief theologians, teachers, ascetics and mystics up to the end of the Middle Ages.

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Library Journal
Here are a series of meditations by Benedict XVI, all originally presented as teachings in Italian at the pope's public audiences from 2007 to 2010. They are licensed from Libreria Editrice Vaticana with no English translator credited. The pope presents portraits of notable thinkers who have shaped the intellectual and spiritual life of the Church, particularly the Catholic Church. The studies of 70 individuals aim to inspire the faithful not only with examples of piety but with appreciation for the passion for truth, beauty, and justice these men and women exemplify. In each brief sketch Benedict provides a glimpse, from the obscure Aphaates of Syria to the quintessential Thomas Aquinas. If any fault can be found, it is that these portraits are a bit too irenic. For instance, Benedict plays down Tertullian's break with Rome, ignores Origen's heresies, and softens the animosity that existed between Peter Abelard and St. Bernard of Clairvaux. On an inclusive note, this collection features sketches from the Eastern Church and a number of pieces about women (e.g., Hildegard; Clare of Assisi) VERDICT General readers interested in Catholic spirituality or church history before 1500 should find this collection to be a welcome addition.—James M. Wetherbee, Wingate Univ. Lib., NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800698515
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
856,733
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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