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Science, the ‘Economist,’ and the Medieval Theologian

I have reblogged this post, and thank the author for his most insightful posting. FranciscanJohnDunsScotus-close Spirituality is imbued with the teachings of Dun Scotus,…‘The Primacy of Love’….Christ was the Masterpiece of creation and would have come with or without the Fall. This unique vision of St Francis, was developed by Duns Scotus into the profound theological synthesis of the ‘Primacy of Love’. I have tried to develop this profound theme simply in my book, ‘Wisdom from Franciscan Italy – The Primacy of Love’.
The Dominican school taught the Thomistic theology of Redemption based on the teaching of St Anselm. As the theology of St Thomas Aquinas was used at the Council of Trent to counter the Protestant reformers, the Thomistic ‘Legal Theory of Redemption’ became the norm, and we have all been brought up on it.
I cannot help thinking that we are missing the very essence of Redemption by ignoring the profound teaching of Scotus. It is said that when Teilhard de Chardin heard about Scotus’ teaching, his immediate response was, “Voila! La theologie de l’avenir!”…”There it is – the theology of the future!” Chardin’s thought not only resonates with those of Scotus, but adds to them and enhances them.

Originally posted on Dating God:

robert-grosseteste-1-sizedThe first academic article I ever published was in 2007 about two medieval British theologians, Robert Grosseteste and John Duns Scotus, titled: “ Light and Love: Robert Grosseteste and John Duns Scotus on the How and Why of Creation ” (although the first popular article I ever published happened to be in America a few months earlier!). Scotus is certainly the better known of the two, but Grosseteste was an “intellectual giant,” to borrow the accolade used in a recentEconomist blog post.

Grosseteste (d. 1253) was indeed a unique figure: a “scientist” (if we can anachronistically use that term), a theologian, a philosopher, a pastoral minister, a former chancellor of the nascent Oxford University, the first instructor of the Franciscan friars in England, and eventually the Bishop of Lincoln. In old age, he taught himself Greek (something few of his peers could do) so that he could read, and…

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