by Ilia Delio, Doris Gottemoeller, John Burkhard and C. Colt Anderson
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Over the centuries in word and deed, Franciscan scholars and practitioners have demonstrated a clear and faithful understanding of what it means to live as followers of Christ in a defined ecclesia. Francis of Assisi was eminently clear about his attitude toward the Church, understood both as community and institution.
Today, as in the time of Francis, moral failures and overt incompetence in the Church create credibility gaps between the people and those entrusted with authority. Is there a Franciscan way of approaching this pain and brokenness? What lies beneath the fidelity of St. Francis to the Church and its authorities? How can Christians today look with compassion on this suffering body and hear, as Francis heard, a voice directing us to rebuild my church? In this volume of essays we hear a word of hope as the authors reflect with us on these very same questions for our times.
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Studies in Early Franciscan Sources
These three books contain valuable insight into the Early Documents of Francis and Clare. The authors, scholars interested in and committed to the Franciscan tradition, have brought contemporary research together, applied it to each of the specific texts and offered their own perspectives.
First, the essays define the status questionis by informing the reader about the state of current research on each of the texts considered.
Second, the essays are intended to introduce the reader to these texts within the dimensions of their multi-layered contextual-historical framework. The hope of those involved in producing these studies is to help others learn how to read, interpret and apply these newly translated texts to enrich the historical understanding, theological vision and practical living out of the Gospel message.
The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Letters and Prayers
Letters and Prayers features the scholarly work of Luigi Pellegrini, Jean- François Godet-Calogeras, Michael W. Blastic, Michael F. Cusato, Jay M. Hammond PhD, and Laurent Gallant.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-230-4 $29.95
The Writings of Francis of Assisi: Rules, Testament and Admonitions
Rules, Testament and Admonitions contains essays by William J. Short, Michael W. Blastic, Jay M. Hammond, PhD and JA Wayne Hellmann.
2011: 336 p. Pb 978-1-57659-232-8 $29.95
The Writings of Clare of Assisi: Letters, Form of Life, Testament and Blessing
The Writings of Clare of Assisi presents the latest scholarship by Ingrid Peterson, Lezlie Knox, Michael W.
Blastic and Jean-François Godet-Calogeras.
2011: 144 p. Pb 978-1-57659-233-5 $19.95
By Mary Beth Ingham
Release Date: July 2012
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Since the first publication of John Duns Scotus: The Harmony of Goodness
in 1996, much work has appeared in print on Scotus’s theological and
philosophical vision including the gradual completion of the Vatican
edition of Scotus’s Ordinatio. Various congresses and international
gatherings continue to highlight the important significance of this
great medieval thinker for the new millennium. Drawing upon the
work of several significant scholars combined with her own deepened
conviction that understanding Scotus’s moral philosophy and theology
must be understood within the broader context of Franciscan spirituality
including the role of Stoic and monastic influences on the medieval
Franciscans, Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J., offers this new edition of John
Duns Scotus: The Harmony of Goodness. Scotus’s articulation of a moral
vision to lived harmony and to moral living as a path of beauty is offered
anew by Ingham in this new edition.
Mary Beth Ingham's The Harmony of Goodness offers a finely tuned study of John Dun Scotus, marked by clarity and conviction. No one is more adept and accomplished than Ingham when it comes to exploring, articulating, and retrieving the intricate thought of the Subtle Doctor for contemporary readers. In The Harmony of Goodness, she provides a compelling ethical worldview that is grounded in the Franciscan belief in the goodness of both the Creator and Creation, and the invitation to live accordingly. -- Dr. Timothy Johnson, Professor and Department Chair, Humanities, Flagler College
In the time since The Harmony of Goodness was first published in the mid-nineties, Mary Beth Ingham has become one of the leading scholars on Scotus and his understanding of moral living. In this revision of her earlier work, she has used her considerable knowledge to provide even more of a context out of which to understand the writings of the Subtle Doctor and to offer an even clearer presentation of the thought of this important Franciscan thinker. -- Thomas Nairn, OFM, Ph.D., Senior Director, Ethics, Catholic Health Association
A very readable introduction to Scotus's moral philosophy, The Harmony of Goodness is also a welcome shift to an aesthetic paradigm in presenting Scotus's ethics. The book showcases the importance of the aesthetic dimension of Scotus's thought that has been neglected by medievalists. Ingham's aesthetic turn is an example of kinship between pre-modern and postmodern hermeneutic principles. Yet while the groundless interplay of postmodern aesthetics washes away the foundations of the present-day world, pre-modern Scotistic aesthetics, on the contrary, promises to return it to its solid philosophical ground. -- Oleg Bychkov, Associate Professor of Philosophy, St Bonaventure University