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Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing'Christianity is Strange'$
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Richard Parish

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596669.001.0001

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Particularity and Discernment

Particularity and Discernment

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(p.113) 5 Particularity and Discernment
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Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing
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Richard Parish

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596669.003.0006

The preceding chapter introduced but did not fully address a central issue in the Christian experience, namely that of the assessment of what is claimed to be direct inspiration from God. This chapter therefore begins with an account of one of the most influential figures in the period, St François de Sales, whose devotional manuals, conceived in the spirit of Christian humanism, marked the century, albeit in ways that did not always correspond to his own spiritual ethos of accommodation to the circumstances of the believer. A range of writing is examined in this perspective. The second part of the chapter deals with experience that appears to fall outside the common realm, in particular that of visions (in particular of the Sacred Heart), possessions (especially those recorded at Loudun) and miracles (such as that of the Holy Thorn).

Keywords:   discernment, St François de Sales, Christian humanism, devotional manuals, visions, possessions, miracles, Sacred Heart, Loudun, Holy Thorn

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