Learning Love and Justice

Thomas St. and Dame Julian

in By the Renewing of Your Minds

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134865
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853472 | DOI:
Learning Love and Justice

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Two of the ablest medieval theologians who set to work on the meaning of the cross for the Christian life were Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) and Dame Julian of Norwich (b. 1342). St. Thomas's treatise on the passion, found in part III of the Summa Theologiae, not only synthesizes the various images commonly applied to Christ's work on the cross, but also balances teachings on love and righteousness (1965). Mother Julian, a 14th-century English theologian, had a bolder and more independent voice. She took a clear and uncompromising stand on the love of God, daring the church to unreservedly embrace the transforming power of love.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Dame Julian of Norwich; cross; Christian life; love; righteousness

Chapter.  11577 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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