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Mary Beth Ingham CSJ
Foundational Introduction to the insights of John Duns Scotus and Implications for life today.
Session 1: The Franciscan tradition offers a cohesive world view (14 minutes)
The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition presents an alternative educated answer to religious fundamentalism by offering both intellectual food for thought and also spiritual nourishment. In her brief biography of John Duns Scotus, Mary Beth presents him as artist with coherent insights.
Session 2: Aspects, Implications and Assumptions of Scotistic thought (10 minutes)
a) Aspects of Scotus’ thought: 1) a positive vision of the human person; 2) an optimistic vision of human nature; 3) a confidence about divine love; 4) the unique beauty of each individual
b) Implications: 1) sacramental vision--everything is a sign of God’s love; 2) Beauty can only be expressed from multiple perspectives
c) Assumptions: 1) the intellectual journey is a spiritual journey; 2) to be human is to be an image of Christ; 3) the rational order is one of love; 4) the whole is grounded in a transcendent order that is rational and loving; 5) the whole is beautiful; 6) the human person is the summit of divine creativity.