International Congress of Medieval Studies 2023

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The Animate Cosmos in Cistercian Theology and Speculative Naturalism
Contact: Jason R Crow (
Modality: In person
Spirituality of the world belongs to both creation theology and soteriology. Drawing on sources going back to the Timaeus, and on their lives with the Psalms, the Cistercians, dwelling in monastic microcosms, articulated Christological meaning for the world’s goodness in the lives of repentant sinners ranging from a world with beatific potential to a well-defined sense of the cosmos as good in itself and good for the soul that seeks divine unification. This panel seeks papers that explore what the cosmological understandings of world offer Cistercian theology, might offer contemporary philosophies of the environment, regardless of time period or location.
Period11 May 2023
Event typeConference
Conference number58th
LocationKalamazoo, United States of America, MichiganShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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  • Nature
  • cosmology