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Constant J. Mews

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195156889.001.0001

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Ethics, Sin, and Redemption

Ethics, Sin, and Redemption

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(p.174) 9 Ethics, Sin, and Redemption
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Abelard and Heloise
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Constant J. Mews (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195156889.003.0010

Ethics, Sin, and Redemption. This chapter considers Abelard’s reflection on ethical issues in his Collationes, couched in the form of a debate among a philosopher and a Jew and a Christian about the relationship between pagan ethics and Christian faith. It argues that arguments put by the philosopher reflect many of the concerns put by Heloise, to which Abelard sought to find a Christian response. It then looks at Abelard’s commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and Expositio in Hexameron, written at the request of Heloise, in terms of Abelard’s evolving interest in the work of both creation and redemption.

Keywords:   Abelard, Heloise, ethics, sin, redemption, St Paul

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