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The Theology of Hugh of St. Victor : An Interpretation (Hardcover)

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In the context of the early twelfth-century urbanization of Paris, Hugh of St. Victor developed a pioneering program of intellectual and moral practices focused on reforming the soul. Boyd Taylor Coolman identifies the signature theme of spiritual re-formation as the unifying motif to Hugh's theology, and analyzes the symbolic and aesthetic dimensions of re-formation conceived as "soul-construction," in the manner of gothic cathedrals being built at the time.

This study places Hugh of St. Victor within the context of the profound religious, economic, and political changes occurring in the early twelfth century. Drawing on the majority of Hugh's writings, it reveals links between various aspects of his theology - exegesis and spirituality, theology and cultivation of virtue - and highlights the practical nature of his reforming program, aimed at both restoring the beauty of the soul and re-forming the human person into a dwelling place for the presence of God.

"Coolman has constructed an excellent pattern for re-formulating Hugh's biblical salvation history (foundation and restoration) as the soul's formation, de-formation, and progressive re-formation in Christ's church." Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521886253
SKU 212964815
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521886252
Release Date 4/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0247
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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