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Julian of Norwich, Theologian

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For centuries readers have comfortably accepted Julian of Norwich as simply a mystic. In this astute book, Denys Turner offers a new interpretation of Julian and the significance of her work. Turner argues that this fourteenth-century thinker's sophisticated approach to theological questions places her legitimately within the pantheon of other great medieval theologians, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 23, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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Not for the faint of heart, but neither is Julian! She was the first female we know of to write a book--the Revelations of Love--in the English language. Two or so decades later she penned a masterful revision which spun out the implications of the visions that had been given her years before on a deathbed from which she was blessedly spared. Turner excellently continues to rework the theological threads of Julian, not necessarily in the linear manner of the scholastics but in a narrative style ...more
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Oct 21, 2015 Harry Allagree rated it liked it
This was my second try on this book. I just wasn't ready for it the first time. It isn't an easy book to read. It is an intensely, technically & thoroughly theological analysis of the Revelation of Love by Julian of Norwich. In sum the author makes the case that she is very much a "systematic" theologian, but Turner's unfolding treatment of how this is so constitutes the essence of the book. A couple of sentences in the first chapter caught my eye as expressing quite clearly the kernel of ...more
May 02, 2012 Lyndon rated it liked it
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According to Turner, everything in Julian links up with everything else synthetically, "more in the manner of the condensed image than in the analytic manner of the extrusions of multiple inferences" (216). This conclusion by Turner provides his methodology for reading the dear Dame as theologian of merit, whose spirituality is distinctly systematic and theological. This is not a book for Julian enthusiasts who like to dwell on how 'all will be well' is an invitation to spiritual vagary; this is ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I won't attempt to paraphrase the content of this work. It is written for Turner's students of which I happen to be one presently. It is an absolutely wonderful presentation of the theology of this mediaeval theologian: accessible, cogent, elucidating. Julian wrote for ordinary people of her time (in middle English). It is one of the most inspiring theologies I have ever read.
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Apr 02, 2012 David Simmons rated it it was amazing
A truly excellent, if dense, exploration of a kind of systematic theology drawn out of Julian's Showings. This book has made me look at the text, which I have read many times in devotion, in a brand new way.
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