The King's Good Servant but God's First: The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More


Thi biography of St. Thomas More explores his devotion to his family, the roots of his spiritual and intellectual formation, his participation in the Renaissance of Christian humanist scholarship, and the state of the pre-Reformation Church.
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Thi biography of St. Thomas More explores his devotion to his family, the roots of his spiritual and intellectual formation, his participation in the Renaissance of Christian humanist scholarship, and the state of the pre-Reformation Church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898706253
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 497
  • Sales rank: 1,466,808
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Sources for Chapter Epigraphs 13
Introduction 15
I More's Early Years 23
II Spirituality of the More Household 57
III Peace on the Eve of War: Christian Humanism in Pre-Reformation Europe 80
IV Excursus: The Church on the Eve of the Reformation 98
V Dawn of the "New Men" 117
VI "That They May All Be One": Thomas More's Defense of the Unity of the Catholic Church 148
VII Scripture and the Church 163
The Bible and Tradition 163
The Translation of Sacred Scripture 171
VIII Thomas More on the Life of Grace in the Church 179
The Sacraments 186
Baptism 192
The Sacrament of Penance 194
Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick) and Confirmation 195
The Sacrament of Matrimony 197
The Holy Eucharist 198
Holy Orders 209
Whether Women Can Celebrate Mass 213
Priestly Celibacy 217
The Liturgy 219
The Observance of Sunday 222
The Liturgy of Holy Week 223
On Liturgical Furnishings 226
On the Responsibilities of Homilists 228
IX The Sacramentals and Other Aspects of the Life of Grace 230
Holy Images 232
The Cross 234
On the Giving of Blessings 235
Relics 236
Pilgrimages 238
Miracles 239
Honoring the Saints 243
Angels 249
The Blessed Virgin Mary 250
Devotion to the Heart of Christ 254
Of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory 257
Mercy 262
Self-Denial 265
Faith, Reason, and Philosophy 266
Religious Life 268
X The Four Last Things 270
The Human Side of Apologetical Writing 270
Interregnum: The Four Last Things 275
XI The "Great Matter" 289
His Majesty's Conscience 289
A Very Long Parliament 300
XII "To Bear the Cross with Christ": More's Inner Life in the Shadow of Death 327
A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation 329
More's Scriptural Annotations and Prayers 354
XIII The Drama of the Passion in Thomas More's Last Writings 362
Treatise upon the Passion 362
A Treatise to Receive the Blessed Body of Our Lord 377
De Tristitia Christi 382
XIV July 6, 1535 405
A More Intimate "Dialogue of Comfort": More's Correspondence in the Tower 405
"Long I to Go to God": Trial and Execution 433
Epilogue: The Aftermath 453
Bibliography 459
Art Credits 473
Excerpt Credits 475
Index 479
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