Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel

David Brown

in Discipleship and Imagination

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270188
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600425 | DOI:
 Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel

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In the first part of the chapter, attention is given to the various ways in which the cult of the saints helped bridge the gap between Christ and the individual disciple seeking to imitate Christ, with problems of metaphysical, spatial, and temporal distance all noted and discussed. The reason why fictional saints became so popular is then explored in relation to medieval treatments of Margaret of Antioch and Catherine of Alexandria. Attention is drawn to parallels with some important aspects of modern novel writing.

Keywords: Catherine of Alexandria; discipleship; imitation; Margaret of Antioch; novel; saints

Chapter.  16846 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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