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Franciscan Heritage Series - Volume 9
by Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ
In this ninth volume of the Franciscan Heritage Series, Mary Beth Ingham introduces readers to the Franciscan vision and values of Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Framed within the context of Franciscan spiritual values, chapters focus on creation and the dignity of each individual being, on cognition and the powers of human knowing, on the proof for God’s existence, on the nature of Theology, on the central role of freedom for conversion and the love of friendship, on moral goodness and beauty, on practical decision making, and on salvation history. In order to highlight the particularly Franciscan approach to these topics, each chapter offers helpful points of comparison and contrast with the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Throughout, the poetry of Scotist-inspired Gerard Manley Hopkins sets the artistic backdrop for a vision of reality informed by Franciscan values and Franciscan optimism. Hopkins praised the hope and intricacy of Scotist thought, naming him ‘of realty the rarest-veined unraveller’.
ABOUT THE FRANCISCAN HERITAGE SERIES
This is the ninth in a series intended to encompass topics which will connect the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition with today’s language of our Christian Catholic Franciscan way of Gospel Life. Previous volumes have presented an overview of the tradition, discussed dimensions of creation and Christian anthropology in Franciscan theology, and illustrated them through an iconographic tradition found in the Gospel of John. It is our hope that Understanding John Duns Scotus: ‘Of Realty the Rarets-veined Unfraveller’ – just as the sermons, commentaries, and treatises of Bonaventure, Scotus, or Ockham – will add to our understanding of the Franciscan intellectual tradition because these stories reveal how creation is a sacrament of God’s loving presence and the first book of revelation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, affiliated with the University of San Diego. Her several monographs include Scotus for Dunces: An Introduction to the Subtle Doctor, The Harmony of Goodness: Mutuality and Moral Living According to John Duns Scotus, Rejoicing in the Works of the Lord: Beauty in the Franciscan Tradition, and The Philosophical Vision of John Duns Scotus: An Introduction.
2017: 168 pages
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