A Brief History of Saints (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories by Lawrence S. Cunningham

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

A short historical past of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its foundation within the age of the martyrs right down to the current day.

  • Refers to either famous saints, similar to Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures just like the ‘holy fools’ within the Orthodox tradition
  • Ranges over matters as diversified because the historical past of canonization methods, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the function of saints in different non secular traditions
  • Discusses the relevance of sainthood within the postmodern era
  • Two appendices describe consumer saints and the iconography of saints in art.

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