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Are You Alone Wise?The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era$
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Susan Schreiner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313420.001.0001

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The Great Age of the Spirit

(p.209) 5 Experientia
Are You Alone Wise?

Susan E. Schreiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter tries to place experiential language in the larger context of the spirituality of the age. The appeal to experience, so prominent in the 16th century, should be viewed from a longer perspective that begins with Jean Gerson. However, this analysis also reveals that ultimately the experiential language, inherited from pre-Reformation spirituality, finally imploded and failed to satisfy the need for an authoritative basis for certitude.

Keywords:   certitude, Jean Gerson, experiential language, Reformation spirituality

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