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Belief and Doubt

Carol Lansing

in Power & Purity

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195149807
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149807.003.0005
Belief and Doubt

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This chapter explores the religious beliefs of Italian Cathars, in the context of contemporary skepticism and religious debate. It begins with giving some direct evidence for the beliefs of individual Cathars. First, the chapter gives a 1229 account of Cathar beliefs from an Italian perfect. Seconly, it gives an uncoerced statement from a literate and well-informed Cathar believer in Toulouse, Peter Garcias. Garcias, despite his distance from Orvieto, provides a clear look at a well-informed mid-13th-century Cathar. Having established a rough Cathar orthodoxy, the chapter turns to the more problematic belief of three Italians convicted of Catharism. The second section sets those beliefs in the broader context of contemporary religious debate and doubt.

Keywords: Catharism; Cathar beliefs; Cathars; skepticism; doubt; religious debate; religious beliefs

Chapter.  10336 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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