For the Reformers, as for the early church, the primary meaning of the term “calling” remained the call to Christian discipleship and community. But as Stackhouse says, for Luther and the rest, “to think that vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience were signs of spiritual superiority seemed to them to be moral and spiritual pretense. 596 more words
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Medievals on ordinary work--the contemplative contribution: Gregory the Great, Meister Eckhart, and Johann Tauler
Continuing the current series on work in the history of Christianity, a snapshot from the Middle Ages . . .
The contemplative vs. the active life… 1,036 more words
Introducing Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis – LAST part (14): sex, food, emotion - how should we live the "material life"
Sex, food, emotion
Our modern way of spiritualizing of faith out of all earthly recognition is not just an evasion of the unchurched. It has rooted itself deep in Christian culture. 1,333 more words
Introducing Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis – part 13: Medieval people as "Homo Ignoramus"?
Why can’t we hear the medievals on Creation and Incarnation?
In the modern West, a crucial reason we cannot hear what medieval people actually said about the world and God’s relationship to it is that we assume, from our privileged modern “scientific” vantage point, that they were impenetrably ignorant about the world. 398 more words
Introducing Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis – part 12: God is IN "the way of all flesh"
The Crux: Creation and Incarnation
Is there a way to summarize the negative effects of our modern “immediatism gone to seed,” and the medieval balm that could be applied to heal our self-inflicted wounds? 907 more words
Introducing Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis – part 11: The organizing questions of the medieval Christian
A few particulars
As we launch into this study, let me offer some aspects of medieval faith that I take to be both potentially powerful for us today in our moment of need, and all too absent from our own habits of life and devotion—hidden from us by our hyperactive immediatism. 594 more words
Introducing Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis – part 10: Dancing the "medieval minuet" of immediate and mediated faith
So we are in a dilemma: how do we at the same time both foster the immediatism that is part of our heritage and push back against its most arrogant claims? 384 more words