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Conscience and Authority in the Medieval Church

Alexander Murray

Abstract

We are born and die alone, and are often alone in between. But this is true of all human beings, in their millions. So in another sense we are not alone at all, quite the opposite. To manage other shared problems our species has devised organisms specific to each. The organisms specific to our shared solitudes are religions. Because of the paradox in which they originate, religions have a double character: private and public. There is no clearer example than Christianity. It could never have come into existence without some degree of organization, with its half-dozen early members or, thanks t ... More

Keywords: conscience, authority, medieval Church, confession, medieval private lives, moral theology, excommunication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208839.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Murray, author
Emeritus Fellow, University College, Oxford