A Companion to Medieval Christian Humanism

Essays on Principal Thinkers


A Companion to Medieval Christian Humanism explores the perennial questions of Christian humanism as these emerge in the writings of key medieval thinkers, questions pertaining to the dignity of the human person, the human person’s place in the cosmos, and the moral and educational ideals involved in shaping human persons toward the full realization of their dignity. The contributors explore what form these questions take for medieval thinkers and how they answer these questions, thereby revealing the depth of medieval Christian humanism.

Contributors are: C. Colt Anderson, David Appleby, John P. Bequette, Benjamin Brown, Richard H. Bulzacchelli, Nancy Enright, David P. Fleischacker, Justin Jackson, Ian Levy, J. Stephen Russell, Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, Andrew Salzmann, John T. Slotemaker, Benjamin Smith, and Eileen C. Sweeney

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John P. Bequette earned his Ph.D. at Saint Louis University in 2001. He is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. He has published scholarly articles on various medieval theological and spiritual texts, and authored Rhetoric in the Monastic Tradition: A Textual Study (Peter Lang, 2012).
Introduction – John P. Bequette, University of Saint Francis, IN
Chapter 1: Augustine – David P. Fleischacker, University of Mary, ND
Chapter 2: Bede – John P. Bequette, University of Saint Francis, IN
Chapter 3: Anselm of Canterbury – Benjamin Brown, Lourdes University, OH
Chapter 4: William of St. Thierry – Aage Rydstrøm-Poulson, University of Greenland
Chapter 5: Peter Abelard – Eileen Sweeney, Boston College, MA
Chapter 6: Bernard of Clairvaux – David Appleby, Thomas Aquinas College, CA
Chapter 7: Hugh of St. Victor – Andrew Salzmann, Benedictine College, KS
Chapter 8: Peter Lombard – John Slotemaker, Fairfield University, CT
Chapter 9: Aelred of Rievaulx – J. Stephen Russell, Hofstra University, NY
Chapter 10: Thomas Aquinas – Benjamin Smith, Aquinas College, TN
Chapter 11: Bonaventure – C. Colt Anderson, Fordham University, NY
Chapter 12: Dante – Nancy Enright, Seton Hall University, NJ
Chapter 13: John Duns Scotus – Richard H. Bulzacchelli, Aquinas College, TN
Chapter 14: John Wyclif – Ian Levy, Providence College, RI
Chapter 15: Julian of Norwich – Justin Jackson, Hillsdale College, MI
All those interested in the history of Christian humanism and in medieval Christian thought, including theology, philosophy, literature, and mysticism.