Item description for Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection (Classics of Western Spirituality) by John P. H. Clark, Walter Hilton & Rosemary Dorward...
Overview Here are spiritual writings of this fourteenth-century (c. 1343-1396) English Augustinian Canon. Hilton speaks for himself in The Scale of Perfection, and the Introduction and notes give the reader orientation.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.97" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1991
Publisher Paulist Press
Series Classics of Western Spirituality
ISBN 0809131943 ISBN13 9780809131945
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Spiritual growth Mar 17, 2007
For those serious about growing in the spiritual life, Walter Hilton is a must. Not everything will speak to every person but there is much to be gained from a slow, careful, and prayerful reading.
Blend of the ascetic and pastoral is top fare Jul 22, 2000
Walter Hilton's massive undertaking (the first thorough treatment of ascetic theology in the English language) is as rewarding for those today as in his own era - and a careful reading makes one realise that he was treating many of the same difficulties we would find in our own time. This is by no means light reading, but the lawyer's mind, theologian's precision, and pastoral father's homely charm are a winning combination. (How can anyone resist one who, after giving an explanation of sin so with the lawyer's accuracy that one nearly searches for the section on plea bargaining, then tenderly reassures his reader that God is most generous with forgiveness or "heaven would be much too empty?)I would recommend it (if not require it) of anyone with an interest either in ascetic theology or fourteenth century England.
One of the great books of Christian piety. Apr 24, 1999
Author Peter Ackroyd (The Life of Thomas More) says that Hitlton's "Scale of Perfection" and Kempas'"Imitation of Christ" are part of the broad tradition of late medieval Christian piety. Both books played a central part of Thomas More's life. Scale of Perfection is concerend with the active Chrictian life in the world. Hilton also wrote a volume entitled "The Mixed Life."