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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!

The Divine Comedy
Dante

Dante draws on medieval Roman Catholic theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy derived from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas.  Consequently, the Divine Comedy has been called “the Summa in verse”.  In Dante’s work,  the pilgrim Dante is accompanied by three guides: Virgil (who represents human reason), Beatrice (who represents divine revelation, theology, faith, and grace),  and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (who represents contemplative mysticism and devotion to Mary).  Erich Auerbach said Dante was the first writer to depict human beings as the products of a specific time, place and circumstance as opposed to mythic archetypes or a collection of vices and virtues; this along with the fully imagined world of “The Divine Comedy”, different from our own but fully visualized, suggests that the Divine Comedy could be said to have inaugurated modern fiction. (via Wikipedia)

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