Jean Gerson, Apostle of Unity: His Church Politics and Ecclesiology

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The first part of this study on the famous chancellor of the Paris University, contains a chronological survey of Gerson's position in the development of the church-politics of his days. It is shown how he became a convinced adherent of a conciliar solution of the Western schism, without betraying the idea of the Church as hierarchical entity. In the second part his ecclesiological ideas are treated more systematically. Gerson's critical attitude towards canon lawyers and papal absolutism is examined, followed by an analysis of the background of his ideas about the Church as hierarchy and as mystical body, his conciliar thought, his concept of tradition, and his sources. The author tries to make clear that Gerson, far from being a radical, rather should be considered as a careful and conservative theologian. The book comprises a revised and extended version of an originally in Dutch written thesis, for which the author was awarded the Mallinckrodt-prize of the University of Groningen.
 

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Contenido

Introduction I
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PART
9
Chapter Two First years as Chancellor of the University
49
Chapter Three On the basis of substraction 13981403
71
Chapter Four Obedience restored 14031406
98
Chapter Five On the way to the Council of Pisa
122
Chapter Six Gerson and the Council of Pisa 1409
146
Chapter Seven From Pisa to the Council of Constance
177
Chapter Ten Church Hierarchy and General Council
287
Chapter Eleven Church Scriptures and Tradition
314
Chapter Twelve The Sources of Gersons ecclesiology
340
Conclusion
381
Appendices
389
The dating of the sermon Vade in pace
397
Bibliography
403
Indexes
417

PART
205
Chapter Nine Church Hierarchy and General Council
247

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Acerca del autor (1999)

Guillaume H.M. Posthumus Meyjes, D.D. (1963), University of Leiden, is emeritus Professor in Church History at the same University. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, and hon.dr. of the University of Geneva. He has published on Gerson, the Leiden University, the Walloon Church in the Netherlands, on Irenicism and Hugo Grotius.

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