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The History of Scottish Theology, Volume ICeltic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy$
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David Fergusson and Mark W. Elliott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759331.001.0001

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Richard of St Victor

Richard of St Victor

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The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I

Lydia Schumacher

Oxford University Press

Although under-researched by comparison to his earlier contemporary, Hugh, Richard of St Victor’s work in spirituality and theology was highly innovative in its own day. Richard was the first to schematize the pathway to knowledge of God that had been referred to in more individualistic terms by previous thinkers. He departed significantly from the previous Western tradition which focused on the simplicity of God and proffered a psychological analogy for the relations amongst the persons of the Trinity. In its place, he developed a version of the more Eastern tendency to speak of God as first and foremost infinite and to explain the Trinity in terms of a social analogy. To this end, he redefined common Latin ideas of human personhood. In these areas and others, he exerted a greater and more lasting influence on subsequent thinking than any of his near contemporaries.

Keywords:   contemplation, exegesis, Trinitarian theology, infinity, Hugh of St Victor, The Cloud of Unknowing, Franciscan tradition

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