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- DescriptionBeginning in the late twelfth century, scholastic theologians such as William of Auvergne, Thomas Aquinas and Engelbert of Admont attempted to provide a rational foundation to the Christian belief in miracles, bolstered by the Aristotelian theory of natural law. Similarly in this period a tension appeared to exist in the recording of miracles, between the desire to exalt the Faith and the need to guarantee believability in the face of opposition from heretics, Jews and other sceptics. As miracles became an increasingly standard part of evidence leading to canization, the can lawyers, taries and theologians charged with determining the authenticity of miracles were eventually issued with a list of questions to which witnesses to the event were asked to respond, a virtual template against which any miracle could be measured. Michael Goodich explores this changing perception of the miracle in medieval Western society. He employs a wealth of primary sources, including canization dossiers and contemporary hagiographical Vitae and miracle collections, philosophical/theological treatises, sermons, and can law and ancillary sources dealing with the procedure of canization. He compares and contrasts 'popular' and learned understanding of the miraculous and explores the relationship between reason and revelation in the medieval understanding of miracles. The desire to provide a more rational foundation to the Christian belief in miracles is linked to the rise of heresy and other forms of disbelief, and finally the application of the rules of evidence in the examination of miracles in the central Middle Ages is scrutinized. This absorbing book will appeal to scholars working in the fields of medieval history, religious and ecclesiastical history, can law, and all those with an interest in hagiography.
- Author BiographyMichael E. Goodich was formerly Professor of Medieval History at the University of Haifa, Israel.
- Author(s)Professor Michael E. Goodich
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/08/2007
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleChurch, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 2060
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight383 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Series Edited byDr. Brenda Bolton,Professor Anne J. Duggan,Dr. Damian J. Smith
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