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Medieval historian McGuire (Roskilde Univ., Denmark) here offers the writing of Celestine Priest Jean Gerson (1363-1429). A leading theologian, preacher, and spiritual writer of his time, Gerson served as chancellor of the University of Paris from 1395 and worked for unity of the papacy during its schism (1378-1414). Writing often in French, as well as Latin, he dealt with spiritual and mystical matters in a practical way to guide the ordinary person. Gerson's clear thinking and advice is surprisingly modern, and McGuire's lengthy introduction places his subject's thought in well-documented historical and spiritual settings. McGuire has done a service in making Gerson's texts available in English for an audience beyond the academy. Recommended for most academic and religion collections and public libraries where there is an interest.?Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY
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A worthy addition to the well-established series. -- International Review of Biblical Studies

Can be read profitably either for historical interest or as spiritual reading to nourish one's own journey. -- Catholic Library World

McGuire has done a service in making Gerson's texts available in English for an audience beyond the academy. -- Booklist

The translation as a whole is fresh and thorough. -- The Journal of Religion

This book is a fine introduction to a fascinating, turbulent man and his times. -- Anglican Theological Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback) (Book 92)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (December 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809138204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809138203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By D. Larson on August 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
As the introduction included in this volume is clear to point out, Gerson is not a seminal and towering influence over subsequent intellectual developments. Gerson is, however, notable for the reader interested in the decline of the medieval scholastic tradition, for with Gerson's writtings one finds a marked departure from the disputations which dominated thirteenth and fourteenth century theology. Rather there is a move towards writting to increasingly wider audiences in increasingly plain language, anticipating modernity's tendency to emphasize more exoteric writing.

But what is most engaging, and what should garner interest in this volume, is Gerson's honest portrayal of his own inner life. Seen by a modern reader to be at times fair and loving, at times harsh and needlessly austere, and always willing to present his own weaknesses, failures, and needs, Gerson reveals the humanity of his own era in a way which allows us to recognize our own.
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This volume became indispensable for all those interested in Gerson and he is worth to be interested in! Brian McGuire did an exceptional job. Highly recommended for specialists but also for all those interested in medieval spirituality.
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