A Brief History of Saints

By Lawrence S. Cunningham (Blackwell Publishing)

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The Notre Dame professor of theology offers up a concise and readable guide to the roots, meaning and significance of the saints, particularly in the Roman Catholic tradition. He examines the complex tradition of sainthood, mixed with stories of saints from the “odd, outrageous or eccentric” to the luminous.

The role of saints in other religious traditions and the relevance of sainthood today rounds out this historical view of those with a “capacity to do the ordinary in an extraordinary fashion.” Includes a list of patron saints and an essay on the iconography of saints in art.

(August 2005)