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In the Spirit of Salvation: William of St. Thierry’s Theological Treatment of Salvation in light of his Pneumatology

O'LEARY, DEVIN,JAMES (2016) In the Spirit of Salvation: William of St. Thierry’s Theological Treatment of Salvation in light of his Pneumatology. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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While desire for salvation forms the foundation of all Christian investigation, the modes through which salvation is explored vary between different theologians. William of St. Thierry, while leaving behind a wealth of extant sources, is frequently overlooked in the academic and theological investigation of the subject. This study undertakes an in-depth investigation of William’s writings, focused on pnuematological soteriology and an explanation of the characteristic elements which made up his thinking on this core. William investigates the Holy Spirit through three major identities: Will, Love and Unity. As a result of the fact that these characteristics also exist within humanity, and of the intimacy of the subject matter, this study is informative both to those studying historical theology, and to those seeking the spiritual origins of western anthropology and identity. In order to reveal the particular contours of William’s theology, it is important to compare him to the theologians on which he drew, and to those in whose company he was writing. This study compares William with the two patristic thinkers who exerted the greatest influence on his work: Origen of Antioch and St. Augustine of Hippo. It also draws comparison with four of William’s contemporaries, each representing different intellectual communities of the time: St. Anselm of Canterbury, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Hugh of St. Victor, and Peter Abelard. This comparison is important in order to appreciate William’s theology in light of its own principles.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:William of St. Thierry; Holy Spirit; Pneumatology; Theology; Twelfth Century; soteriology; salvation; theology; historical theology; medieval theology; Will Love and Unity; Origen; Augustine; Anselm of Canterbury; Bernard of Clairvaux; Hugh of St. Victor; Peter Abelard;
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > History, Department of
Thesis Date:2016
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:04 Jul 2016 14:26

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