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Friday, November 8, 2013

Bl. John Duns Scotus

(c. 1266 – 1308)

Feastday: November 8

John Duns Scotus was probably born in the winter of 1266 in the south of Scotland. Around 1279, he was accepted in a Franciscan friary in South Scotland. After eight years of preliminary studies in philosophy, or rather in the artes, at Oxford, he started to study theology there in 1288. Having attained the age of 25, he was ordained a priest in Northampton in 1291.

Blessed John Duns Scotus was a Scottish Franciscan priest and theologian. He was the founder of the Scotistic School in Theology, and until the time of the French Revolution, his thought dominated the Roman Catholic faculties of theology in nearly all the major universities of Europe. He is chiefly known for his theology on the Absolute Kingship of Jesus Christ, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his philosophic refutation of evolution. He is also known as the "Doctor of Mary Immaculate" because of his defense of the Immaculate Conception.

Duns Scotus died in 1308.


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