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In the Phrygian Mode: Neo-Calvinism, Antiquity and the Lamentations of Reformed Philosophy

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  • ”Univocity, Analogy and the Mystery of Being According to John Duns Scotus.” Creation, Covenant and Participation: Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition. Ed. James K.A. Smith and James H. Olthuis. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. 73-87.
  • “John Paul II’s Account of the Unity of Christian Scholarship in Fides et Ratio.” That the World May Believe: Essays on Mission and Unity in Honour of George Vandervelde. Ed. Margaret O’Gara and Michael Goheen. Lanham MD: University Press of America, 2006. 203-214.
  • “Haunting Conceptual Boundaries: Miracle in the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas.” Limina: Thresholds and Boundaries. Ed. J. Goering, F. Guardini and G. Silano New York: Legas, 2005. 63-72.
  • “Plotting the Margins: An Historical Episode in the Management of Social Plurality.” Towards an Ethics of Community: Negotiations of Difference in a Pluralist Age. Ed. James H. Olthuis. Waterloo ON: Wildred Laurier University Press, 2001. 11-35.
  • “When Popular Piety and Theological Learning Conjoin: St. Bonaventure on Demonic Powers and the Christian Soul.”Fides et Historia 23 (1991): 4-18.
"Mythologizing" Platonism
  • “Love, Understanding, and the Mystical Knowledge of God.” Mystics, Visions and Miracles. Ed. J. Goering, F. Guardiani, G. Silano. New York: Legas, 2002. 173-183.
  • Exempla and the Promotion of Religious Identity: Gerard of Frachet’s Vitae fratrum.” Weapons of Mass Instruction: Secular and Religious Institutions Teaching the World. ed. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. Ottawa: Legas, 2008 41-50.
  • Nisi necessitate et utilitate: Catherine of Sienna’s Dominican Confessors and the Principles of a Licit Pastoral ‘Irregularity.’” Rule Makers and Rule Breakers. Ed. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. 199-210.
  • “Christine the Astonishing.” Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret Schmauss. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • “Talking Dirty, Analogically Speaking.” Pro Rege 32 (2004): 16-19.
  • “Thomas of Cantimpré and the Performative Reading of Scripture: A Study in Two Exempla,” With Reverance for the Word: Medieval Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ed. J. MacAuliffe, Barry Walfish and Joseph Goering. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 256-275.
  • “Love, Understanding, and the Mystical Knowledge of God.” Mystics, Visions and Miracles. Ed. J. Goering, F. Guardiani, G. Silano. New York: Legas, 2002. 173-183.
  • “Of Women, Ire and Other Dangerous Things.” Fides et Historia 32 (2000): 127-133.
  • “Thomas of Cantimpré, Performative Reading and Pastoral Care.” Performance and Transformation: New Approaches to Late Medieval Spirituality. Ed. Mary Suydam and Joanna Ziegler. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999. 134-163.
  • “Thomas of Cantimpré, Mulieres Religiosae and Purgatorial Piety: Hagiographical Vitae and the Beguine ‘Voice’.” In a Distinct Voice: Medieval Studies in Honor of Leonard E. Boyle O.P. ed. Jacqueline Brown and William Stoneman. Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame, 1997. 606-626.
  • “Christianity, Women and the Medieval Family.” Religion, Feminism and the Family. The Family, Religion and Culture. Ed. Anne Carr and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen. Louisville: John Knox/Westminster Press, 1996. 127-147.
  • “Visions of Purgatory and Their Role in the Bonum universale de apibus of Thomas of Cantimpré.” Ons Geestelijk Erf 67 (1993): 20-33.
  • “Christine of St. Trond and Her Preaching Apostolate: Thomas of Cantimpré’s Hagiographical Method Revisited.” Vox Benedictina 7 (1992): 67-97.

I have been attempting to bring these disparate studies together for a number of years into a book-length synthesis entitled Exemplary Care: Stoic Therapy, Dominican Pastoral Literature and the Transformation of the Human Person, 1225-1275 in which I articulate what I am coming to see as the proper spheres of narrative and argumentative understanding in interaction with these medieval interlocutors.

In addition, I have taken responsibility for thinking about and using stories to understand the Reformational tradition of Christian scholarship that continues to animate the teaching and writing of ICS faculty. This has taken the form of two book-length studies. I edited and contributed to a study, entitled In the Phrygian Mode: Antiquity, Neo-Calvinism and the Lamentations of Reformational Philosophy (Lanham MD: University Press of America, 2007), examining the Reformational tradition in its relation to Antiquity, both as a source of philosophical and theological thought but also as a perduring cultural ideal. A second book-length study entitled Delineations: Spiritual Exercise and the Discernment of Christian Scholarship (as yet unpublished) attempts to relate the Reformational tradition to sister traditions within the Christian academy and to the sources it shares with them. The point is to suggest ways of thinking that serve to foster renewed communication and cross-fertilization among the traditions around the Christian integrity of scholarship and that serve as well to invite thought about faith and scholarship among groups of Christian scholars not presently attracted to the enterprise.