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Discipleship and ImaginationChristian Tradition and Truth$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270186.001.0001

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Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel

Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel

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(p.62) 2 Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel
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Discipleship and Imagination
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270186.003.0003

In the first part of the chapter, attention is given to the various ways in which the cult of the saints helped bridge the gap between Christ and the individual disciple seeking to imitate Christ, with problems of metaphysical, spatial, and temporal distance all noted and discussed. The reason why fictional saints became so popular is then explored in relation to medieval treatments of Margaret of Antioch and Catherine of Alexandria. Attention is drawn to parallels with some important aspects of modern novel writing.

Keywords:   Catherine of Alexandria, discipleship, imitation, Margaret of Antioch, novel, saints

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