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St. Francis of Assisi and Nature: Tradition and Innovation in Western Christian Attitudes toward the Environment

Roger D Sorrell

Abstract

One of the best-loved saints of all time, Francis of Assisi is often depicted today as a kind of proto-hippie or early environmentalist. This book — the most comprehensive study in English of Francis' view of nature in the context of medieval tradition — debunks modern anachronistic interpretations, arguing convincingly that Francis' ideas can only be understood in their 13th-century context. Through close analysis of Francis' writings, particularly the Canticle of the Sun, the author shows that many of Francis' beliefs concerning the proper relation of humanity to the natural world have their ... More

Keywords: Francis of Assisi, nature, Canticle of the Sun, natural world, mysticism, environmentalist, scripture, monastic orders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386738.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger D Sorrell, author