The History of Scholasticism

  • H. Maynard Smith


It is necessary to know about Lollardy in order to understand the response that was made to the English Reformers. It is necessary to know something of scholasticism, if we would understand why theology in the early XVI century was entirely out of touch with the spirit of the age. Why did renaissance scholars view the schoolmen with such contempt, and why did the Reformers hate them with so much venom? Why was there no living school of theology at either Oxford or Cambridge able to cope with the new knowledge? Why were the men of the Old Learning so narrow-minded and bigoted? Were they being loyal to their tradition?


Christian Faith Divine Nature Mediaeval Philosophy John XXIII Beatific Vision 
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