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Early Franciscan Theology
Between Authority and Innovation

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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498654

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  • Franciscan theology before Bonaventure has long been regarded as a relatively unoriginal attempt to systematize the tradition of Augustine, which prevailed in the West for most of the earlier Middle Ages. In this book, Lydia Schumacher aims to demonstrate the innovative aspects of early Franciscan theology by examining the historical, philosophical, and religious contexts in which it was developed, and by highlighting how thinkers from this period deployed authoritative sources like Augustine as 'proof texts' for their own novel positions. She thereby exposes the continuity between the early and later Franciscan schools, which have normally been perceived as distinct from one another. Schumacher also emphasizes the ethos that inspired the development of medieval Franciscan thinking and distinguishes it from any modern intellectual trends with which it has been associated. Ultimately, Schumacher lays the foundation for future efforts to recover Franciscan theology in the contemporary context on its own terms.

    • Gives a window into the foundation and development of theology as an academic discipline
    • Facilitates the recovery of Franciscan thought by interpreting Franciscan theology in the context of the Franciscan ethos and Franciscan spirituality
    • Overcomes debates about the Franciscan 'origins of modernity' by reading Franciscan theology in its proper context
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    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498654
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early Franciscan theology: an introduction
    2. The Franciscan context
    3. The philosophical context
    4. Theological vision
    5. Theistic proof
    6. Divine nature
    7. The trinity: context
    8. The trinity: doctrine
    9. Christology
    10. Incarnation
    11. Moral theology
    12. Conclusion: the promise of early Franciscan theology
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Lydia Schumacher, King's College London
    Lydia Schumacher is Reader in Historical and Philosophical Theology at King's College London. She is the author of Divine Illumination (2011), Rationality as Virtue (2015), and Theological Philosophy (2015), and co-editor of The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (2013).

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