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Ethics, Sin, and Redemption

Constant J. Mews

in Abelard and Heloise

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156881
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195156889.003.0010

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 Ethics, Sin, and Redemption

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Ethics, Sin, and Redemption. This chapter considers Abelard’s reflection on ethical issues in his Collationes, couched in the form of a debate among a philosopher and a Jew and a Christian about the relationship between pagan ethics and Christian faith. It argues that arguments put by the philosopher reflect many of the concerns put by Heloise, to which Abelard sought to find a Christian response. It then looks at Abelard’s commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and Expositio in Hexameron, written at the request of Heloise, in terms of Abelard’s evolving interest in the work of both creation and redemption.

Keywords: Abelard; Heloise; ethics; sin; redemption; St Paul

Chapter.  14055 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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