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The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered

Kenneth Baxter Wolf


The unusually high regard with which Saint Francis of Assisi is held has served to insulate him from any real criticism of the kind of sanctity that he embodied: a sanctity based, first and foremost, on his deliberate pursuit of poverty. This book offers a critique of Francis's “holy poverty” by considering its ironic relationship to the ordinary poverty of the poor. While Francis's emphasis on voluntary poverty as the first step toward spiritual regeneration may have opened the door to salvation for wealthy Christians like himself, it effectively precluded the idea that the poor could use the ... More

Keywords: almsgiving, Assisi, beggar, Christianity, Francis, hagiography, mendicant, poverty, saint, urban

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195158083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Baxter Wolf, author
Pomona College
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