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God's Jesters: The Cistercians

John Saward

in Perfect Fools

Published in print December 1980 | ISBN: 9780192132307
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.003.0005
God's Jesters: The Cistercians

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‘Holy madness’ for the Cistercian Fathers, the rationale of their extremist renewal, is grounded in the dogmas of the Incarnation and Redemption. Thus union with God, growth in grace, and sanctification must involve an increase in these hard virtues and participation in the excess and foolishness of God. This chapter explores the mystery of holy folly in models or archetypes of Christian perfection which Cistercian Fathers saw in the child, the idiot, the pauper, the humiliated man, and the fool.

Keywords: holy folly; holy fools; Cistercian Fathers; child; idiot; pauper; humiliated man

Chapter.  9811 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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