Thursday, June 14, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 12th sacred

Peter Abelard, 1079-1142
- one of the most famous teachers of the Middle ages, for his brains, and his mistakes - he had a love affair with Heloise, a girl 20 years younger and his student which was the most famous romance of the Middle Ages - he eventually married her, but her uncle was so angry that the uncle hired thugs to castrate Abelard
- they both took monastic vows and never saw each other again - a devoted Christian, but an intellectual ‘show-off’, some of his ideas were later condemned by a church council, and Abelard retired to Cluny where he died - his most famous work was Sic et Non, “Yes and No,” a collection of contradictory statements by church authorities on a number of theological issues (e.g. is it ever permissable to lie, etc.), which influenced many people to study, and others to despair that there was one united voice of the church

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