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Power & PurityCathar Heresy in Medieval Italy$
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Carol Lansing

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149807.001.0001

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Belief and Doubt

Belief and Doubt

(p.81) Five Belief and Doubt
Power & Purity

Carol Lansing

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the religious beliefs of Italian Cathars, in the context of contemporary skepticism and religious debate. It begins with giving some direct evidence for the beliefs of individual Cathars. First, the chapter gives a 1229 account of Cathar beliefs from an Italian perfect. Seconly, it gives an uncoerced statement from a literate and well-informed Cathar believer in Toulouse, Peter Garcias. Garcias, despite his distance from Orvieto, provides a clear look at a well-informed mid-13th-century Cathar. Having established a rough Cathar orthodoxy, the chapter turns to the more problematic belief of three Italians convicted of Catharism. The second section sets those beliefs in the broader context of contemporary religious debate and doubt.

Keywords:   Catharism, Cathar beliefs, Cathars, skepticism, doubt, religious debate, religious beliefs

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