When we speak of philosophy as the handmaid of theology, it connotes to us derivative, secondary, even expendable existence. For the medieval religious, on the other hand, the word “Ancilla” had the innescapable connotation of “ancilla Domini”, Mary the Mother of God. The phrase is was said by medieval religious at least twice a day: once at the angelus, and again during the Magnificat of the divine office. When we call philosophy the “ancilla” or handmaid of theology, we should first hear its marian connotations.
July 28, 2006 at 11:32 pm (Default Category)