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Medieval Theology – 10 Free Classics!

Medieval Theology Free Classics

This Reading Guide on Medieval Theology of the First Millennium is a follow-up to our guides on the Theology of the Early Christians and the Theology of First Millennium. The works it contains span basically the years 1000-1300 C.E. In addition to translations of primary work, we include a few historical / biographical works that highlight how theology developed in this era.

Here are ten theology classics from the medieval era that are available as FREE ebooks!

On Prayer and the Contemplative Life

St. Thomas Aquinas

Perhaps one of the commonest errors regarding the Spiritual life is the confusion between the ordinary and the extraordinary ways of God. For how many does not the Contemplative Life mean the life of ecstasy and vision with which we are familiar in the lives of the Saints? For St. Thomas, on the contrary, the Contemplative Life is but the natural life of a man who is serving God and who devotes a certain portion of his time to the study and contemplation of Divine things. Ecstasy and vision he treats of in another place. They occupy a sphere apart. They belong to God’s extraordinary dealings with favoured souls, and while they presuppose prayer and contemplation on the part of those so visited they themselves form no integral part of the Contemplative Life; indeed, they are the exception. Hence in these pages we shall find nought touching Supernatural manifestations, such as visions, ecstasies, and revelations; but we shall find what is of far greater use to us–a Catechism on Devotion, Prayer, and Contemplation.

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