Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages

Does God exist? What is he like? What are human beings? Is there a purpose to their lives? These are the great questions of philosophy and religion and the issues to which the medieval theologian addressed himself.

Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages

In the ancient world being a philosopher was a practical alternative to being a christian. Philosophical systems offered intellectual, practical and moral codes for living. By the Middle Ages however philosophy was largely, though inconsistently, incorporated into Christian belef. From the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation and Renaissance of the sixteenth century Christian theologians had a virtual monopoly on higher education. The complex interaction between theology and philosophy, which was the result of the efforts of Christian leaders and thinkers to assimilate the most sophisticated ideas of science and secular learning into their own system of thought, is the subject of this book. Augustine, as the most widely read author in the Middle Ages, is the starting point. Dr Evans then discusses the classical sources in general which the medieval scholar would have had access to when he wanted to study philosophy and its theological implications. Part I ends with an analysis of the problems of logic, language and rhetoric. In Part II the sequence of topics - God, cosmos, man follow the outline of the summa, or systematic encyclopedia of theology, which developed from the twelfth century as a text book framework. Does God exist? What is he like? What are human beings? Is there a purpose to their lives? These are the great questions of philosophy and religion and the issues to which the medieval theologian addressed himself. From `divine simplicity' to ethics and politics, this book is a lively introduction to the debates and ideas of the Middle Ages.

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Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: G. R. Evans
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-09-02 - Publisher: Routledge

In the ancient world being a philosopher was a practical alternative to being a christian. Philosophical systems offered intellectual, practical and moral codes for living. By the Middle Ages however philosophy was largely, though inconsistently, incorporated into Christian belef. From the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation and
Philosophy and Theology in the Long Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 1026
Authors: Kent Emery, Russell Friedman, Andreas Speer
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-03-05 - Publisher: BRILL

The title of this Festschrift to Stephen Brown points to the understanding of medieval philosophy and theology in the longue durée of their traditions and discourses. The 35 contributions are disposed in five parts: Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy, Epistemology and Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Theological Questions, Text and Context.
Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: G. R. Evans
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-09-02 - Publisher: Routledge

In the ancient world being a philosopher was a practical alternative to being a christian. Philosophical systems offered intellectual, practical and moral codes for living. By the Middle Ages however philosophy was largely, though inconsistently, incorporated into Christian belef. From the end of the Roman Empire to the Reformation and
God and Reason in the Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 397
Authors: Edward Grant, Professor Emeritus Edward Grant, Grant Edward
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-07-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book shows how the Age of Reason actually began during the late Middle Ages.
Law and Theology in the Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: G.R. Evans
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-12 - Publisher: Routledge

An unrivalled introduction to a fascinating subject, Law and Theology in the Middle Ages explores the relationship between law and theology in medieval Europe. Focusing on legal and theological responses to justice, mercy, fairness, and sin, this text examines the tension between ecclesiastical and secular authority in medieval Europe, illustrating