JEFFREY BURTON RUSSELL
Title: Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages: The Search for Legitimate Authority (Twayne's Studies in Intellectual and Cultural History, No 3)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Twayne Publishers June 1992
0805786287 / 9780805786286
Seller ID: 20070706116362
In approaching this book, it's best we keep in mind the necessity of both dissent and order in determining an orthodox, catholic position: that being the fullest understanding of the truth. Such a ''creative tension'' can encompass both the tenability of tradition and the personal experience of the individual. Beginning from the Council of Chalcedon in 451 (a convenient break in the gradual shift from theological questions toward issues of an increasingly moral nature), Jeffrey Burton Russell presents this concise overview of an incredibly long and complex list of heresies (in all their fascinating forms) through the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. His inclusive design also allows for discussion of various other movements finding their origin in this era -- antisemitism, apocalypticism, evangelism and mysticism -- revealing undercurrents which the Reformation and future conflicts would confirm. And though humanity's penchant for divergence (often by rather violent and destructive means) might seem an overwhelming force, we are met by an even more powerful directive (both felt and stated in Russell's treatment of the matter): the capacity of love to contain and heal, especially through splintered and broken souls. 128 pp.