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Abelaro teologijos metodologija
Abélard’s Methodology of Theology

Author(s): Dalia Marija Stančienė
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Middle Ages, Philosophy of Religion, Methodology and research technology, Hermeneutics
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Abélard; method of theology; faith; love for the neighbor; original sin;

Summary/Abstract: Despite the condemnation of the Council of Soissons, Abélard continued his theological writing. In 1120- 1140 he wrote the Theologia christiana, the Theologia Scholarum, and Sic et non as commentaries to the Book of Genesis and to the Epistle to the Romans. In these works Abélard repeats all his theses condemned by the Council of Soissons. He applies a method which deals with apparently incompatible authors. It demands the precise definition of words, the meaning of which changes because of different contexts and different authors. At first Abélard gives a precise exposition of contrary opinions, then indicates the points of their contradictions, and finally shows the possible ways of their solution. The most difficult contradictions he finds in matters of the Catholic faith. Abélard treats them by purely logical methods and therefore he undermines the authority of the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. In 1140 the Council of Sens condemned the whole of Abélard’s theology as heretical.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 36
  • Page Range: 43-51
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Lithuanian