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Robert Grosseteste's Theology Of Pastoral Care

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Robert Grosseteste was one of the most prolific writers of pastoralia of his century. Grossetestes re-statement of the churchs temporalities was borne of a lifetime of theological reflection on the nature, structure and function of the church. This chapter argues that his theology of pastoral care is most clearly presented in his work that bears its incipit as its title: Deus est. It argues that Grossetestes theology of pastoral care is the careful integration of the practice of the sacrament of Penance with his theological reading of creation and his ecclesiology. To make this argument, the chapter first places Deus est in the context of Grossetestes pastoral writings, which requires a new dating for this text. It then discusses the place and function of penance in Grossetestes view of the created order. Finally, the chapter examines the ecclesiological dimensions of his pastoral theology.

Keywords: Deus est; ecclesiological principle; human nature; pastoral care; pastoral theology; pastoralia; Robert Grosseteste; sacrament of penance



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