Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works (Harper Collins Spiritual Classics Series)
< p> Bernard of Clairvaux holds a distinguished place in the history of Christian spirituality. During the twelfth century this gentle monk from France became the primary guide for those who follow the path of selfless love as well as...
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< p> Bernard of Clairvaux holds a distinguished place in the history of Christian spirituality. During the twelfth century this gentle monk from France became the primary guide for those who follow the path of selfless love as well as a spokesman for a revival in monastic life. This collection of his most important writings provides a superb introduction to a man who has greatly shaped the Western monastic and mystical traditions.< /p>
The foremost reformer of his age, Bernard of Clairvaux spearheaded the Cistercian movement, reestablishing serious discipline and spirituality in the corrupt Benedictine monasteries. His mystical thought is enormously influential, and deservedly so, but he was also, like many reformers, very much a conservative who opposed the progressive philosophical movement of his age. This was a time when philosophy was freeing itself from theology, with the establishment of schools of logic and the liberal arts that were no longer under the thumb of the theologians, where faculty interest centered on nontheological issues. Bernard is especially known for his attacks on Peter Abelard and Gilbert de la Porree (1076--1154).
GR Evans is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History in the University of Cambridge. She has an international reputation in the fields of medieval intellectual history and modern ecumenical theology, and has published extensively in these fields. Her books include Wyclif: Myth and Reality (Lion), The History of Christian Europe (Lion), The Good, the Bad and the Moral (Lion), Anselm and Talking about God (Oxford), Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates (Cambridge University Press), and The Anselm Concordance (Kraus, 4 vols.).
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Emilie is on the board and speaking team of Renovare' She and her husband, William, are founding members of the Chrysostom Society, a national group for writers of the Christian faith.
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