Julian of Norwich, Theologian

Julian of Norwich, Theologian

by Denys Turner

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For centuries readers have comfortably accepted Julian of Norwich as simply a mystic. In this astute book, Denys Turner offers a new interpretation of Julian and the significance of her work. Turner argues that this fourteenth-century thinker's sophisticated approach to theological questions places her legitimately within the pantheon of other great medieval theologians, including Thomas Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bonaventure.

Julian wrote but one work in two versions, a Short Text recording the series of visions of Jesus Christ she experienced while suffering a near-fatal illness, and a much expanded Long Text exploring the theological meaning of the "showings" some twenty years later. Turner addresses the apparent conflict between the two sources of Julian's theology: on the one hand, her personal revelation of God's omnipotent love, and on the other, the Church's teachings on and her own witnessing of evil in the world that deserves punishment, even eternal punishment. Offering a fresh and elegant account of Julian's response to this conflict—one that reveals its nuances, systematic character, and originality—this book marks a new stage in the century-long rediscovery of one of the English language's greatest theological thinkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300192551
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 811,938
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Denys Turner is Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT, and in Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xxi

A Note on Julian's Text xxv

Part 1 Providence and Sin

1 Julian the Theologian 3

2 Clearing the Conceptual Space 32

3 Two Stories of Sin 68

Part 2 Sin and Salvation

4 The Lord and the Servant 103

5 Prayer and Providence 135

6 Substance and Sensuality 167

Conclusion: Julian's Soteriology 205

Notes 219

Index 255

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