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The Franciscan View of the Human Person

Some Central Elements

Dawn M. Nothwehr

Publication Year: 2005

This brief volume discusses several of the central elements of human person as found in those works of the Franciscan theological tradition which, when taken together, most sufficiently describe these qualities. As the tradition developed over the years, the intuitions and insights of St., Francis and St. Clarie of Assisi concerning the human person were developed and/or restated in language better understood by the people of a particular era. Two of the most famous early Franciscan theologians, Bonaventure and John Duns Scotus, did just that. This volume will, by drawing on the wisdom on the Franciscan tradition, contribute in a similar way to an understanding of the human person today.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Title Page, Copyright Page

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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pp. iii-iv

ABBREVIATIONS

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pp. v-

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GENERAL EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION

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pp. vii-12

On behalf of the Commission for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT), I present to you with great pleasure this third volume of The Franciscan Heritage Series–The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements by Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F. The purpose of this volume, building on the reflections on the foundational...

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PART ONE AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-4

The internationally renowned ethicist, Daniel C. Maguire, centers his understanding of Christian moral life on the maxim: “The foundational moral experience is reverence for human persons and their environment.”1 This fundamental insight that underlies Maguire’s ethics sings...

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PART TWO HUMANS–CREATURES BELOVED OF GOD IN CHRIST

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pp. 5-30

Francis and Clare of Assisi were friends who experienced a change of heart (conversion) and left lives promising prestige and wealth in order to “follow in the footprints of Jesus.” There are many similarities in the way they each understood the human person and the relationship between God, humans and all of creation. Both Francis and Clare were affected by the influences of the historical period...

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PART THREEHUMANS–MEDIATORS OF GOD

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pp. 31-44

Without St. Francis of Assisi, there would be no St. Bonaventure, as we know him today. The influence of Francis and Clare on Bonaventure is seen primarily in the way his theology begins and ends with the person of Christ. Bonaventure applied a more sophisticated and intellectual...

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PART FOUR HUMANS–UNIQUELY GOD’S IN MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP

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pp. 45-62

John Duns Scotus is known as the “Subtle Doctor” for a reason. His thought frequently combined philosophical ideas and theological notions, integrating them to form a new understanding. Yet, he is a true son of St. Francis and St. Clare. At the heart of his thought stands a free, generous and loving God, who from the moment of creation delighted in the...

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PART FIVE CONCLUSION

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pp. 63-66

Some theologies of the past focused primarily on the grandeur of God’s holiness. Franciscan theology certainly does not miss the holiness of God. But, beginning with Francis, who could never forget the remarkable humility of God in taking on human form in Jesus, Franciscan theologians focus on how God is present in and through the human person and in our rout...

APPENDIX

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pp. 67-70

ENDNOTES

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pp. 71-79

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 80-

Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F, a Franciscan Sister of Rochester, Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the Justice and Peace Institute of the Maryknoll School of Theology, where she specialized in feminist theology and theologies of liberation. She did her doctoral studies at Marquette University, where...


E-ISBN-13: 9781576592908
E-ISBN-10: 1576592901
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592021
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592022

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 3
Series Title: The Franciscan Heritage Series
Series Editor Byline: Dawn M. Nothwehr