Category Archives: 15th Century

Nicholas of Cusa on Justification By Faith (Alone)

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), of whom I have written a biographical sketch elsewhere, wrote a work called De Pace Fidei (On Peace in Religion), which is a dialogue between the adherents of various religions. In the dialogue the following interesting … Continue reading

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Christine de Pizan: Renaissance Woman (1365-c. 1431)

Christine de Pizan was a French lady born in Venice, and is sometimes considered the first woman of letters produced by France. The daughter of a medical doctor / astrologer who had been trained at the University of Bologna and … Continue reading

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Railing in Vain…and Reaping the Whirlwind

Those of you who are familiar with my work here on conciliarism and its relationship to the Protestant Reformation will appreciate this observation from one of the leading Catholic scholars of conciliarism, Francis Oakley: …During the late fifteenth and early … Continue reading

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Marsilius of Padua Not a Conciliarist (?)

Roman Catholic controversialists of the kind who are immoderately attached to a monistic understanding of papal authority have long maintained that the conciliarism of the 15th century had some of its most significant roots in the radical “secularist” politics of … Continue reading

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The Council of Constance (1414-1418)

In many ways one of the most important events of the later Middle Ages, the Council of Constance stands as a theoretical and experiential watershed in the history of Christian debates about the nature, functions, and limits of authority. It … Continue reading

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The Council of Pisa (1409)

The Western Schism was just celebrating its thirtieth year of ripping the <em>societas Christiana</em> apart when the Council of Pisa met in the year of the Lord’s incarnation 1409 for the purpose of ending it and restoring unity and peace. … Continue reading

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Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

Nicolaus Cusanus was born in the year of the Lord’s incarnation 1401, in the German city of Kues, to a “middle-class” boatman and vineyard owner. As a young man Nicholas was influenced by the “Modern Piety” (<em>devotio moderna</em>), a reform … Continue reading

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Some Changes In And Influences Of 15th Century Conciliarist Thought

A.J. Black, one of the foremost scholars in recent years on the conciliarism of the Council of Basel, writes that the terms “conciliar movement” and “conciliarism” are misleading “if we take them to imply that developments of ecclesiastical theory and … Continue reading

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Wessel Gansfort (1420-1489)

Called “Light of the World” by his friends and “Master of Contradiction” by his enemies, Wessel Gansfort strides impressively across the landscape of the fifteenth century Church.:”(This entry is based on information found in Edward Waite Miller, Wessel Gansfort: Life … Continue reading

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Jean Gerson (1363-1429)

Jean Gerson, generally speaking a nominalist and a mystic, served as chancellor of the famed University of Paris after his teacher, Pierre d’Ailly, stepped down from that position to become the Bishop of Puy. Coming into his own as a … Continue reading

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