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 De fide catholica. Contra haereticos, Valdenses, Iudaeos et paganos

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Author(s): Dreyer, Mechthild
'On the Catholic faith. Against heretics, Waldensians, Jews and pagans' Alan of Lille Date: After 1180, but presumably before 1187 Original Language: Latin Description De doctrina catholica is to be seen in the context of the preaching missions of the Cistercians against heretics in the south of France. Alan also discusses heretical positions in his theological summa Quoniam homines. There are also connections to the Distinctiones dictionum theologicarum (Summa modis). De doctrina catholica is dedicated to William VIII, Lord of Montpellier. The work is divided into four book…

Nicholas of Amiens

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Author(s): Dreyer, Mechthild
Nicholaus (Nycolaus) Ambianensis Date of Birth: 1147 Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: After 1203 Place of Death: Unknown Biography Few details of Nicholas' life are known. He was presumably a pupil of Gilbert of Poitiers or of Alain of Lille, and was thus connected with the School of Chartres. Some sources mention him as the author of commentaries on Gilbert's writings. He certainly wrote the Chronica Latina, and his best known work was the Ars catholicae fidei, a systematic theology. Primary Sources of Information Chronica Latina, MGH SS 6, pp. 473-74 (repr. in M.-T. d’Alverny, Alain…

Alan of Lille

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Author(s): Dreyer, Mechthild
Alanus ab Insulis, Alanus de Insulis, Alain de Lille, Alain von Lille Date of Birth: Between 1125 and 1130 Place of Birth: Lille or nearby Date of Death: 1202 or 1203 Place of Death: Monastery of Citeaux Biography Only a few details of Alan’s life are known. As a boy, he presumably studied liberal arts and theology at Chartres. He taught theology in Paris, and he also lived in the south of France (perhaps in the vicinity of Montpellier), where he was engaged in the altercations with the Cathars and the Waldensians. During his stay t…

 Ars fidei catholicae

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Author(s): Dreyer, Mechthild
Liber (tractatus) de articulis fidei, Edicta fidei catholicae, De articulis fidei catholicae, Summa [...] de arte fidei catholicaeThe catholic faith Nicholas of Amiens Date: Between 1187 and 1191 Original Language: Latin Description The Ars fidei catholicae is a theological summa which presents the most important aspects of the Christian faith in a systematic order. It is divided into five books and discusses the following topics: God and Trinity (book 1); the creation of angels and humans, and the problem of free will (book 2); …