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Great Christian Thinkers

Great Christian Thinkers

by Pope Benedict XVI


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In brief portraits, Pope Benedict XVI offers engaging, perceptive, and edifying sketches of some of the great thinkers and writers of Christianity. Pope Benedict discusses notable theologians from East and West but also many figures whose primary witness was as ascetics, poets, mystics, and missionaries. His pieces are not only illuminating historical sketches but also often surprisingly personal reflective meditations on the perennial changes of theology, spirituality, devotion, and corporate religious lifein short, of thinking about and wrestling daily with the mysteries that envelop all our lives and struggles.

Always with an eye to their deepest religious convictions and struggles, the Holy Father presents these great thinkers' importance for the church and for Christian life today.

Great Christian Thinkers is an openminded look at the tradition and is written for Catholics and Protestants alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800698515
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 702,763
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Foreword ix

Part 1 Heirs of the Apostles

St. Clement, Bishop of Rome 3

St. Ignatius of Antioch 6

St. Justin, Philosopher and Martyr 9

St. Irenaeus of Lyons 12

Clement of Alexandria 16

Origen of Alexandria 19

His Life and Work

His Thought

Tertullian 26

St. Cyprian 29

Eusebius of Caesarea 33

Part 2 Great Teachers of the Ancient Church

St. Athanasius of Alexandria 39

St. Cyril of Jerusalem 43

St. Basil 46

His Life and Witness

His Teachings and Exhortations

St. Gregory of Nazianzus 51

His Life and Times

Instructor of Souls

St. Gregory of Nyssa 57

Theologian of Life in the Spirit

Theologian of Human Dignity

St. John Chrysostom 63

The Years in Antioch

The Years in Constantinople

St. Cyril of Alexandria 69

St. Hilary of Poitiers 72

St. Eusebius of Vercelli 75

St. Ambrose of Milan 78

St. Maximus of Turin 81

St. Jerome 84

His Life and Work

Interpreter of Scripture

Aphraates, "The Sage" 91

St. Ephrem 94

St. Paulinus of Nola 98

St. Augustine of Hippo 102

His Life

Last Days at Hippo

Faith and Reason

Chief Works

A Journey of Conversions

St. Leo the Great 119

Boethius and Cassiodorus 122

St. Benedict of Nursia 126

Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite 130

St. Romanus the Melodist 134

Part 3 Monks and Missionaries

St. Gregory the Great 141

A Life during Crisis

Teacher and Guide

St. Columban 148

St. Isidore of Seville 151

St. Maximus the Confessor 154

John Climacus 158

Bede the Venerable 162

St. Boniface, Apostle of the Germans 166

Germanus of Constantinople 170

John Damascene 174

Saint Theodore the Studite 178

Rabanus Maurus 182

John Scotus Erigena 186

Sts. Cyril and Methodius 190

St. Odo of Cluny 194

St. Peter Damian 198

Symeon the New Theologian 202

Part 4 Mystics, Mendicants, and Scholastics

St. Anselm 207

Peter the Venerable 211

St. Bernard of Clairvaux 214

Bernard and Peter Abelard: Two Contrasting Theological Models 217

Hugh and Richard of Saint-Victor 220

A "Second St. Augustine"

A Worthy Disciple

William of Saint-Thierry 224

St. Hildegard of Bingen 227

Prophetess and Visionary


John of Salisbury 232

Peter Lombard 236

St. Francis of Assisi 240

St. Clare of Assisi 245

St. Dominic de Guzmán 249

St. Anthony of Padua 253

St. Bonaventure 257

Interpreter of Francis

Guiding the Franciscan Legacy

Theologian of Love

St. Matilda of Hackeborn 269

St. Gertrude the Great 273

St. Elizabeth of Hungary 277

St. Albert the Great 281

St. Thomas Aquinas 285

His Life and Context

Faith and Reason

A Theological Vision

Marguerite d'Oingt 297

John Duns Scotus 301

St. Bridget of Sweden 306

St. Catherine of Siena 310

Julian of Norwich 314

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