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Christianity and Social Ideas

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198269250
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600708 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269250.003.0014

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Christianity and Social Ideas

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There was a new element of humanism in twelfth‐century thinking, and with this came a concern for the ordering of an increasingly technical society. The older idea of ‘orders’ in society was increasingly superseded by the idea of ‘estates’. There was a massive commitment to the relief of the poor, and a new theology of marriage was elaborated. Commercial ethics were an important issue, especially the question of usury, and so was the elaboration of an ideal of knighthood.

Keywords: charity; chivalry; estates; hospitals; marriage; orders; poverty; usury

Chapter.  10176 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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