The Discernment of Spirits: Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the Late Middle Ages

Anderson succeeds in neatly fitting together selected pieces of the history of discernment of spirits to provide a valuable, readable description of the contours of its evolution in the late Middle Ages Debra L Stoudt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, The Medieval Review Late medieval Christians lived in a world of visions, but they knew that n Anderson succeeds in neatly fitting together selected pieces of the history of discernment of spirits to provide a valuable, readable description of the contours of its evolution in the late Middle Ages Debra L Stoudt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, The Medieval Review Late medieval Christians lived in a world of visions, but they knew that not all visions came from God angels, demons, illness, nature, or passion could also inspire an apparent divine visitation During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the involvement of visionaries in everything from reform movements to military campaigns to papal schisms raised the political and spiritual stakes of determining whether or not a vision was truly from God In response, a diverse group of medieval thinkers including men and women, clergy and laity, visionaries and theologians gradually began to transform the loose patristic readings of Pauline discretio spirituum into a system with the potential to distinguish between true and false visions and between genuine and delusional visionaries Wendy Love Anderson chronicles the historical, political, and spiritual struggles behind the flowering of late medieval mysticism and what came to be seen as the Christian doctrine of discernment of spirits.
The Discernment of Spirits Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the Late Middle Ages Anderson succeeds in neatly fitting together selected pieces of the history of discernment of spirits to provide a valuable readable description of the contours of its evolution in the late Middle Ag

  • Title: The Discernment of Spirits: Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the Late Middle Ages
  • Author: Wendy Love Anderson
  • ISBN: 9783161516641
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
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