A Brief History of Saints

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Religion - 192 pages
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A Brief History of Saints follows the rise of the cult of saints in Christianity from its origin in the age of the martyrs down to the present day.

  • Refers to both well-known saints, such as Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures like the ‘holy fools’ in the Orthodox tradition

  • Ranges over subjects as diverse as the history of canonization processes, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the role of saints in other religious traditions

  • Discusses the relevance of sainthood in the postmodern era

  • Two appendices describe patron saints and the iconography of saints in art.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Saint Beginnings
5
2 The Bureaucratization of Sanctity
28
3 Reformations Protestant and Catholic
54
4 Towards the Modern World
78
5 The Twentieth Century
102
6 The Saints World Religions and the Future
127
Appendix I Patron Saints
148
Appendix II Iconography of the Saints
151
Notes
155
Select Bibliography
162
Index
169
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Lawrence S. Cunningham is John O’Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University. He is the author or editor of many books, including The Sacred Quest: An Invitation to the Study of Religion (2001), Christian Spirituality (1996), Ecumenism (1990), and The Catholic Faith: An Introduction (1987). His previous works on sainthood include biographies of Thomas Merton and Saint Francis of Assisi. He has won three Catholic Press Association awards for his religious writing and numerous teaching awards.

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