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By G. R. Evans

ISBN-10: 0521094267

ISBN-13: 9780521094269

Alan of Lille was once a remarkable determine within the moment half the 12th century as a theologian and as a poet and he has appeared as wealthy and person a author to trendy students as he did to his personal contemporaries. This learn examines his paintings as an entire, in an try to set his famous literary fulfillment within the context of his theological writings. He was once in lots of methods a pioneer, an experimenter with numerous of the hot genres of his day, an innovator either as a instructor and as an writer. He used to be now not an unique philosopher loads as an eclectic, drawing on a variety of the assets to be had to his contemporaries. He indicates us what may be performed by means of a lively-minded student with the assets of the day, in the colleges of overdue twelfth-century France, to carry theology alive and make it fascinating and not easy to his readers.

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32-7. MSS, De Lage, pp. 182-4. 431-82. T. ), Satirical Poets of the Twelfth Century, vol. 11 (London, 1872), pp. 429-522. N. M. Haring, Studi Medievali, xix (1978), pp. 797-879. J. J. ), Plaint of Nature (Toronto, 1980). (b) Anticlaudianus (Written between 1181-4, possibly 1182-3 {Textes, p. ) Textes, pp. 32-7. MSS, De Lage, pp. 184-6. 488-54. T. ), Satirical Poets, vol. 11, pp. 268-426. R. ) (Paris, 1955). Introduction J. J. ), Anticlaudianus, or the Good and Perfect Man. (Toronto, 1973). (c) Rhythmus de Incarnatione et de Septem Artibus Textes, pp.

His 'oldness' is merely a quality. 81 Alan's next technical point is again perhaps a direct quotation from Peter Helias, with the addition of a non which turns it on its head: 'ubi verbum non est nota eius quod de altero dicitur'. 83 30 Handmaids of Theology In theological language that is not always the case (for the Word of God signifies himself directly). 84 Alan next says that in Scripture there is sometimes predication without inherence. Contemporary dialecticians were divided between those who held that in an affirmative proposition the copula states that a 'universal nature' such as 'whiteness' inheres in a particular individual who is designated by the subject-term (the inherence theory).

The Creeds are full of expedimenta carefully balanced against the impedimenta, or objections, with which heretics have tried to create stumbling-blocks to orthodox faith - indeed, one of the reasons why the Creeds were formulated, Alan believes, was to meet the objections of heretics. He sees impedimentum theology as the other face of expedimentum theology. In his view, no theologian fulfils his task unless he covers both, preaching against the heretics as well as teaching sound doctrine to the faithful.

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