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149—Duns Scotus, Minstrel of the Incarnation—Thomas Ward

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 13, 2022 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Blessed John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), the Franciscan friar known as the “Subtle Doctor”, was one of the most important theologians and philosophers of the Middle Ages, yet over the centuries he has fallen into disrepute, or at least neglect, by comparison with the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Interest in Scotus has revived somewhat in part due to his beatification by Pope St. John Paul II, who called him the “defender of the Immaculate Conception” and “minstrel of the Incarnation”.

Indeed, Scotus’s greatest legacy is his argument for Mary’s having been conceived without original sin, a controversial position at the time, yet vindicated centuries later when this was proclaimed a dogma by Pope Bl. Pius IX. This is good enough reason to get to know Scotus, even if he ultimately takes a back seat to Aquinas.

Thomas Ward, author of Ordered by Love: An Introduction to John Duns Scotus, joins the podcast to discuss aspects of Scotus’s thought, and his context in the early history of the Franciscan order.

Thomas Ward, Ordered by Love

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