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Reli. Notes 12

Reli. Notes 12 - o The cannibalism Meat goes to body which...

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Medieval Christianity Intellectual revival continued: Thomas Aquinas: o Family did not want him to join religious order of Dominicans, but he did o Summa Theologic : 3 parts (our readings from “return of all things to God”) Synthesized Christian tradition w/ texts of Aristotle Structure: Question Objections “On the contrary”, Aquinas’ own views “I answer that” Replies to each objection o Rational soul: Serves as form of the body Human soul is different from the body and immortal Rational soul is produced whenever fetus is sufficiently developed to receive soul from God (40 days after conception for males, 90 days for females) Will be a resurrection of body o Nature of new bodies: Necessary for soul to return to same body in resurrection
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Unformatted text preview: o The cannibalism: Meat goes to body which needs it the most o No animals, no plants in heaven b/c they have no souls o In heaven: No movement Only contemplation (beatific vision) Movement implies imperfection o Ranks and hierarchies, but no progress in heaven, only in Purgatory • Courtly love: o Medieval fixation on love by poets and mystics Mystics: • Spiritual marriage of Jesus (include Mechthild of Magdebug, Gertrude of Helfta) • Reward for virginity of Christian women Dante Alighieri: • Loved Beatrice Portinari • Divine Comedy : o Journey through hell, Purgatory (guided by Virgil), heaven (guided by Beatrice) o Beatific vision also present in Revelations and Augustine’s work...
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