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Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)

  1. D. Harvey,
  2. S.J. Egan

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1360

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Harvey, D. and Egan, S. 2011. Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582) is one of the preeminent female mystics in the Christian tradition. Such was her contemplative prowess that in 1970, Pope Paul VI solemnly declared Teresa “Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church” — a title she and Catherine of Siena were simultaneously the first women to bear. Teresa claimed that her eminent learning came from God — not from a formal education — which, in any case, she lacked.


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  • Teresa's mysticism, profoundly christocentric