Conscience and Authority in the Medieval Church

Hardcover | August 2, 2015

byAlexander Murray

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Alexander Murray has long had an intellectual interest in the history of religion - struggling between his inbuilt anti-clericism and his pronounced monastic leanings. The five essays in Conscience and Authority in the Medieval Church take on this dialectic, addressing the difficultrelationship between private conscience and public authority in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In any organization, political, military, commercial, or religious, the relationship of conscience and authority is always potentially fraught, and can create dilemmas both for those in authorityand those without. This volume records how our European predecessors approached and dealt with the same dilemmas as we face in the modern world.

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Alexander Murray has long had an intellectual interest in the history of religion - struggling between his inbuilt anti-clericism and his pronounced monastic leanings. The five essays in Conscience and Authority in the Medieval Church take on this dialectic, addressing the difficultrelationship between private conscience and public au...

Born in Oxford, Alexander Murray was brought up until the age of 16 mainly in London, with a period of evacuation to Cumberland during the war. When he was 16, his barrister father inherited a farm in Cumberland, where he and his three brothers farmed in the holidays and boarded at Bedales during terms. At Bedales Murray learned to lov...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:August 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198208839

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1. Confession before 12152. Confession as a historical source in the thirteenth century3. Counselling in medieval confession4. Archbishop and mendicants in thirteenth-century Pisa5. Excommunication and Conscience in the Middle Ages