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Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assissi continues to be counted among the most important personalities of history. This life and ideals of this semiliterate medieval figure have had a shaping influence on the Christian church that has spilled over into Western culture at large. This biography looks anew at St. Francis's life and legacy.

- Publisher Francis of Assisi is counted among the most important personalities of history. The life and ideals of this humble, semiliterate medieval friar have had a shaping influence on the Christian church that has spilled over into Western culture at large. This biography by Lawrence Cunningham looks anew at Francisbs life and legacy, seeking to counter efforts to romanticize him yet without diminishing his deep piety or abiding significance.Pursuing a realistic view of the saint, Cunningham argues against common stereotypes that sentimentalize Francis as a bblesser of animals, b as a bchurch rebel, b or as a precursor of the bspiritualityb movement. According to Cunningham, really seeing Francis requires the lens of theology rather than the lens of quaint spirituality so often used. Francis was a devotedly orthodox Catholic whose life must be understood as a response to reforming elements abroad in the church of his day. Francisbs originality derived from his success in articulating the bideal gospellifeb: his,message and actions were a kind of bacting outb of the scriptures.Imbued with peerless scholarship, this book is also charmingly written. Cunningham is a master storyteller as well as a brilliant biographer -- qualities that his "Francis of Assisi" fully displays. It will at once inform and delight anyone interested in the fascinating life of Francis or his impact on church history.

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St. Francis of Assissi continues to be counted among the most important personalities of history. This life and ideals of this semiliterate medieval figure have had a shaping influence on the Christian church that has spilled over into Western culture at large. This biography looks anew at St. Francis's life and legacy.
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Francis of Assisi is counted among the most important personalities of history. The life and ideals of this humble, semiliterate medieval friar have had a shaping influence on the Christian church that has spilled over into Western culture at large. This biography by Lawrence Cunningham looks anew at Francisbs life and legacy, seeking to counter efforts to romanticize him yet without diminishing his deep piety or abiding significance.Pursuing a realistic view of the saint, Cunningham argues against common stereotypes that sentimentalize Francis as a bblesser of animals, b as a bchurch rebel, b or as a precursor of the bspiritualityb movement. According to Cunningham, really seeing Francis requires the lens of theology rather than the lens of quaint spirituality so often used. Francis was a devotedly orthodox Catholic whose life must be understood as a response to reforming elements abroad in the church of his day. Francisbs originality derived from his success in articulating the bideal gospellifeb: his,message and actions were a kind of bacting outb of the scriptures.Imbued with peerless scholarship, this book is also charmingly written. Cunningham is a master storyteller as well as a brilliant biographer -- qualities that his "Francis of Assisi" fully displays. It will at once inform and delight anyone interested in the fascinating life of Francis or his impact on church history.
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Meet the Author

Lawrence Cunningham

Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, is an award-winning teacher at Notre Dame. He was awarded the Fenlon Award from Sorin College (1989) and a Kaneb award in 1999. His interests are in the area of systematic theology and culture, Christian spirituality, and the history of Christian spirituality. His most recent book is "Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision" (1999). He has edited or written 16 other books. He is also co-editor of the academic monograph series "Studies in Theology and Spirituality" and serves as an associate editor for a number of scholarly journals.

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  • Catalogue Code 209873
  • Product Code 0802827624
  • EAN 9780802827623
  • Pages 172
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date May 2004
  • Sales Rank #23122
  • Dimensions 209 x 136 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.226kg

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