A Brief History of Saints (Blackwell Brief Histories of by Lawrence S. Cunningham

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

A quick heritage of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its beginning within the age of the martyrs right down to the current day.Refers to either famous saints, resembling Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures just like the ‘holy fools’ within the Orthodox traditionRanges over matters as assorted because the heritage of canonization strategies, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the function of saints in different spiritual traditionsDiscusses the relevance of sainthood within the postmodern eraTwo appendices describe buyer saints and the iconography of saints in paintings.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Brief History of Saints (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) PDF

Best religious history books

Women in a Medieval Heretical Sect: Agnes and Huguette the Waldensians

Agnes and Huguette have been Waldensian girls who have been interrogated via the inquisitional courtroom of Pamiers, in southern France, in 1319 and hence burnt on the stake for his or her heretical ideals. Shahar makes use of the files in their inquisition as a foundation for an exam of the Waldensian sect's angle in the direction of its ladies individuals, and their position in the sect, evaluating their lives with girls within the Catholic church and in different sects.

Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis. Band II: Kleinasien

Das challenge bei jeder Beschaftigung mit der judischen Diaspora stellen die Quellen dar, die aus sehr unterschiedlichen Gegenden, Zeiten und Kontexten stamen. Kleinasien, wie cord s aus der Apostelgeschichte kennen, gehort zu den Landschaften, in denen es besonders zahlreiche judische Gemeinden gab. Walter Ameling konzentriert sich auf eine bestimmte Quellengruppe in dieser Gedend, die Inschriften.

The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David

Because the eighteenth century, students and historians learning the texts of the Bible have tried to distill ancient evidence and biography from the mythology and miracles defined there. That development keeps into the current day, as students corresponding to these of the "Jesus Seminar" dissect the Gospels and different early Christian writings to split the "Jesus of heritage" from the "Christ of religion.

Additional info for A Brief History of Saints (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

Sample text

Hieronymus Bosch devoted a famous triptych to this subject, while Matthias Grünewald devoted a panel of his famous Isenheim altarpiece to the same subject. In the nineteenth century, Gustave Flaubert used the struggles of Antony to fuel his imaginative fictional portrait of the saint in his novel La Tentation de St Antoine. In some now classic studies, Peter Brown has shown how these holy men and women of late antiquity were seen as conduits of divine power and resources of wisdom and healing. 10 Athanasius’ Life of Antony was only the first of a whole spate of popular books on the great ascetics and monastics which appeared in late antiquity.

He was also the patron saint of travelers, which explains the ubiquitous medallions which once festooned the inside of automobiles. Despite his appeal in popular religion, his name was removed from the universal calendar of the saints by the Roman Catholic Church in 1969, but his anniversary may be observed locally. A similar series of accretions can be seen in the development of the cult of Saint George, who is known as the “great martyr” in the Orthodox world. ). Saint George was particularly venerated in the British Isles, with soldiers and sailors wearing his colors (white with a red cross) from the fourteenth century on.

His rapid canonization (two years after his death) is almost without parallel in the medieval period where the distinguished path of holiness was to be found via the established orders of the religious life or in the clerical state. More typically, however, saints came from the educated classes with an over-representation of those who were from the clerical or religious ranks or the aristocracy. Dante’s Paradiso is peopled by such saints who not only serve as such models but also typify the heavenly circles that Dante is visiting.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.08 of 5 – based on 27 votes

Published by admin