Robert Holcot

(d. 1349) Dominican friar and theologian

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(d. 1349),

Scholastic theologian. He entered the Dominican Order and studied and taught at Oxford. By 1343 he had been transferred to Northampton, where he is said to have died nursing the sick during the plague. His commentary on the Sentences circulated widely. Working in Oxford at a time when the impact of William of Ockham was fresh and it was difficult to maintain that a fully demonstrable proof could be found for God's existence or His creation of the world, Holcot was reduced to saying that God communicates to people of goodwill sufficient knowledge of Himself for salvation. In his biblical commentaries the main emphasis is on the application of the text for preaching.

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