By Phillip D. Johnson,Paul R. Sponheim
An Augustinian canon commonplace, Arnold made the specialists, ecclesiastical and imperial, tremble. He used to be an excellent pupil of Latin literature and Scripture--a blend that made him either sane and bold. He used to be first a pupil and later a colleague of the nice Peter Abelard--a champion of cause. Their independence introduced them into clash with Bernard of Clairvaux, relentless defender of the established order in society and theology.
Arnold vigorously supported the democratic commune move as towns struggled for independence from episcopal regulate throughout the 12th century. a guy of studying and motion, he challenged the medieval synthesis wherein popes and emperors exercised authority.
"In this clean and readable narrative, Phil Johnson illumines the serious concerns and highbrow ferment of medieval Europe within the 12th century. After approximately a millennium, Arnold's untiring advocacy for the ministry and integrity of the church nonetheless speaks a reworking observe within the relationships of clergy and laity, the sacred and the secular, wealth and gear, non secular intensity and highbrow integrity."
--Philip J. Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Church historical past, North Park Theological Seminary
"[Johnson's] considerate exam of the textual content is excessive and thorough; he's in a position to discover hidden truths and supply revealing footnotes that make the textual content human and alive. With acumen, wit, and a discerning eye, Johnson continues the reader's curiosity during this new paintings about Arnold of Brescia."
--Arthur Mampel, Poet
"Arnold of Brescia is a transparent and cautious research of this martyred defender of apostolic poverty, a church freed from kingdom regulate, the rights of cities to self-governance, the position of the laity, and ecclesiastical and civil democracy. Johnson's paintings will persuade the reader of either Arnold's old importance and his modern relevance."
--Thomas Tredway, Emeritus Professor of heritage and President, Augustana College
"Johnson illuminates engagingly the lifetime of a nearly forgotten, deeply religious, twelfth-century champion of secular society. Arnold of Brescia's integrity, religion, and tenacity within the face of entrenched and robust spiritual forces, are outstanding. Arnold's readability of function and fervour for liberty price him his existence. His tale demanding situations us today."
--Sherod Miller, Sociologist
Phillip D. Johnson is editor emeritus of Pietisten, an ecumenical magazine that pulls concept from the historical past of Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Moravian Pietism. He has been a pastor, instructor, president of a hotel corporation, and psychologist. He writes usually in Pietisten, and is the writer of Funny Stuff within the Bible. He acquired his MDiv measure at Andover-Newton Theological institution, his MTh in church background at Luther Seminary, and his MA in counseling at Saint Mary's collage of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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