Aelred of Rievalux
Title: Spiritual Friendship: The Classic Text With a Spiritual Commentary (Classics With Commentary)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Christian Classics October 2008
0870612425 / 9780870612428
Seller ID: 144954
Born to an influential clerical family in Northumbria, Aelred as a young man was educated in Latin and the Classics at the court of the King of Scots. The great influence of Cicero's 'On Friendship' led Aelred, after his conversion to Christianity, to wonder what treasures on this subject might be in Holy Scripture and the writings of the Fathers. He found that King David spoke eloquently of his grief at the death of Jonathan, and Solomon, perhaps impressed by his father's kindness to Jonathan's descendants, wrote, 'A friend loveth at all times,' and, 'Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your father.' The result of his appreciation for the ancient philosophers, his love for Christ and the dearness of good friends led him to write 'Spiritual Friendship' for the edification of his fellow monks. Aelred's insights into the nature and benefits - and dangers - of intimate friendships are not bound by history. As in the style of Plato's dialogues, the reader 'overhears' two monks' philosophical reflections on the role of friendship in leading them to Christ, the Eternal Friend.