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Julian of Norwich, Theologian

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For centuries readers have comfortably accepted Julian of Norwich as simply a mystic. In this astute book, Denys Turner offers a new interpretation of Julian and the significance of her work. Turner argues that this fourteenth-century thinker's sophisticated approach to theological questions places her legitimately within the pantheon of other great medieval theologians, including Thomas Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bonaventure.

Julian wrote but one work in two versions, a Short Text recording the series of visions of Jesus Christ she experienced while suffering a near-fatal illness, and a much expanded Long Text exploring the theological meaning of the "showings" some twenty years later. Turner addresses the apparent conflict between the two sources of Julian's theology: on the one hand, her personal revelation of God's omnipotent love, and on the other, the Church's teachings on and her own witnessing of evil in the world that deserves punishment, even eternal punishment. Offering a fresh and elegant account of Julian's response to this conflict—one that reveals its nuances, systematic character, and originality—this book marks a new stage in the century-long rediscovery of one of the English language's greatest theological thinkers.

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This provocative book casts Julian of Norwich in a new light, revealing for the first time the subtlety, consistency, and originality of her theological thought. Julian stands among the medieval era's foremost thinkers, the author contends.

About the Author

Denys Turner is Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT, and in Birmingham, UK.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300192551
Author:
Turner, Denys
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Christianity » Mysticism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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This provocative book casts Julian of Norwich in a new light, revealing for the first time the subtlety, consistency, and originality of her theological thought. Julian stands among the medieval era's foremost thinkers, the author contends.
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