The Saint vs. the Scholar: The Fight between Faith and Reason Audio Book
published by Franciscan Media | Compact Disc | 306 minutes
Set between the violence of the Crusades and the threat of the Inquisition is a forgotten episode in history: the fight between Bernard of Clairvaux (the saint and “doctor of the church”) and Peter Abelard (the scholar). This popular history shows how what happened between two extraordinary men face-to-face in a contest of wills long ago is a key to understanding who we are today as people of faith. This intense, emotional, partisan clash between two men, the method by which the saint wins the battle, and the ways in which the scholar provokes the saint’s outrage, changed the course of history as well as framed the conflict between reason and faith that exists day.
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Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion’s most respected writers. His work has been hailed by everyone from Booklist and James Martin, S.J. to Fox News and Dan Savage. He’s been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, and other television programs. His books have sold more than 225,000 copies worldwide; some have been History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, was published by Image/Random House and optioned by HBO. He is also the author of Inventing Hell, and several books about Francis of Assisi including When Saint Francis Saved the Church and The Enthusiast.