Embracing wisdom : the Summa theologiae as spiritual pedagogy / Gilles Mongeau.

By: Mongeau, Gilles M. (Gilles Michel-Joseph), 1964- [author.]
Contributor(s): Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies [issuing body.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2015Description: xi, 221 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780888444226 (paperback); 9781771101664 (pdf)Subject(s): Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274. Summa theologica | Spiritual life -- Catholic Church -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Christian life -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Theology, Doctrinal -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Philosophy, MedievalAdditional physical formats: Embracing wisdom.DDC classification: 230/.2 LOC classification: BX1749.T6 | M65 2015Issued also in electronic format.Summary: "That the exercise of our intellectual powers in the service of the Gospel can prove life-transforming is a principle that both informs the writings of Thomas Aquinas and, at the same time, marks the horizon of his thought. Yet the contemporary interpretation of Aquinas' thought, with a few notable exceptions, continues to suffer from the modern divorce between systematic theology and spirituality. Even among those studies that link Aquinas' systematic and spiritual purposes, few have asked how Aquinas sets about composing his text in such a way that it orders spiritual operations of memory, affect, imagination, understanding, judgment, and decision to each other and to the purpose of Christian spiritual development. Embracing Wisdom proposes a theological interpretation of the Summa theologiae as a spiritual pedagogy ordered to the growth in wisdom, and thus in holiness, of preachers and confessors in the late thirteenth century. It proceeds along two unequal trajectories. The first proceeds by examining the social and cultural transformations of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, and the spiritual crisis they occasioned for the Church, a crisis which called for the creation of a new kind of pastoral agent to take responsibility for the preaching of the Gospel. The analysis that follows develops a picture of the socio-cultural role of the theologian and preacher and brings to light the rhetorical means Aquinas deploys to promote the formation of wise preachers who can mediate the Gospel by means of new cultural forms. Successive chapters then present the pedagogical structure and spiritual dynamic of the Summa theologiae in light of these rhetorical principles, showing how it climaxes in the Christology of the tertia pars. This Christology is shown to promote communion with and conforming of the whole person to Wisdom Incarnate, transforming the student into an agent of Divine Wisdom in the world."-- Provided by publisher.
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Based on thesis (Th.D.)--Regis College, 2003, under title: Embracing wisdom : the Summa theologiae as a Christoform pedagogy of spiritual exercises.

Includes bibliographical references (page 210-218) and index.

"That the exercise of our intellectual powers in the service of the Gospel can prove life-transforming is a principle that both informs the writings of Thomas Aquinas and, at the same time, marks the horizon of his thought. Yet the contemporary interpretation of Aquinas' thought, with a few notable exceptions, continues to suffer from the modern divorce between systematic theology and spirituality. Even among those studies that link Aquinas' systematic and spiritual purposes, few have asked how Aquinas sets about composing his text in such a way that it orders spiritual operations of memory, affect, imagination, understanding, judgment, and decision to each other and to the purpose of Christian spiritual development. Embracing Wisdom proposes a theological interpretation of the Summa theologiae as a spiritual pedagogy ordered to the growth in wisdom, and thus in holiness, of preachers and confessors in the late thirteenth century. It proceeds along two unequal trajectories. The first proceeds by examining the social and cultural transformations of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, and the spiritual crisis they occasioned for the Church, a crisis which called for the creation of a new kind of pastoral agent to take responsibility for the preaching of the Gospel. The analysis that follows develops a picture of the socio-cultural role of the theologian and preacher and brings to light the rhetorical means Aquinas deploys to promote the formation of wise preachers who can mediate the Gospel by means of new cultural forms. Successive chapters then present the pedagogical structure and spiritual dynamic of the Summa theologiae in light of these rhetorical principles, showing how it climaxes in the Christology of the tertia pars. This Christology is shown to promote communion with and conforming of the whole person to Wisdom Incarnate, transforming the student into an agent of Divine Wisdom in the world."-- Provided by publisher.

Issued also in electronic format.

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