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History of Franciscan Theology

Kenan B. Osborne, OFM

Publication Year: 2007

One cannot enter the medieval world of the 13th century wearing 21st century glasses. The authors writing in the volume make every effort to see what the Franciscan Schoolmen saw; to hear what they heard; to think as they thought. Thus foundational Franciscan insights and intuitions are offered for consideration in the contemporary search for meaning.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications


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Table of Contents

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p. vi

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pp. vii-ix

Since the thirteenth century, a theological tradition, called at times the Franciscan school, has been a major part of the Christian way of viewing the religious world. As with all major intellectual movements, there are periods of tremendous energy and periods of noticeable languor. ...

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Chapter One Alexander of Hales: Precursor and Promoter of Franciscan Theology

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pp. 1-38

Alexander of Hales, a theologian at the University of Paris at the beginning of the thirteenth century, remains a rather enigmatic figure down to the present day. This situation is due in some measure to the fact that only a small number of details about his life are known with any certainty. Further enigmas arise when ...

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Chapter Two Bonaventure: Mystery of the Triune God

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pp. 39-126

Relatively little is known of the early life of Bonaventure. He was born in Bagnoregio, near Orvieto in Italy. His father, Giovanni di Fidanza, was a doctor in Bagnoregio. His mother was Maria di Ritello, sometimes called Ritella. The year of his birth is debated. Some scholars place it as early as 1217, ...

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Chapter Three Peter John Olivi: The Search for a Theology and Anthropology of the Synoptic Gospels

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pp. 127-184

Peter of John Olivi (1248-1298) wrote a letter to friends of his in the early 1280s, answering their request for information on the controversy swirling about him. The correspondence shows us a group within an order divided by sharp differences of opinion. In those years, the order lacked a clear consensus about life ...

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Chapter Four John Duns Scotus: An Integrated Vision

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pp. 185-230

John Duns Scotus belongs to the second generation of philosopher-theologians who worked to integrate Aristotelian insights with Christian revelation (sacra doctrina). Writing after the Condemnations of 1277 (Paris) and 1284 (Oxford), Scotus pursued a relentless analysis of the legacy of Greek thought ...

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Chapter Five William of Ockham: Academic Theology and its Polemical Phase

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pp. 231-310

As a Franciscan friar, student, teacher, philosopher, theologian, and political theorist, William of Ockham was and remains one of the most stimulating thinkers of the Middle Ages. The one consistent characteristic of his professional output—both as a student and later as an opponent of papal authoritarianism ...

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Chapter Six The Franciscan School through the Centuries

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pp. 311-330

The very idea of there being a "Franciscan School" can for some be a cause of puzzlement. One sees with difficulty a well–defined school arising from the Assisi experience. Furthermore, it is not easy to conceive an intellectual system wrought out of a set of ideas when love and free will are at the center of the package. ...

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Chapter Seven The Feminine Side of Franciscan Theology

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pp. 331-345

As the Franciscan family turns its collective gaze towards the twenty-first century, the development of volumes such as this one offers a special service. From the middle ages to the present the Franciscan Orders have contributed significantly to multiple areas of human and ecclesiastical endeavor. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592526
E-ISBN-10: 1576592529
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576590324
Print-ISBN-10: 1576590321

Page Count: 345
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: First

OCLC Number: 794700860
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  • Franciscans -- Theology -- History.
  • Franciscans -- History.
  • Theology -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
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