Ministerium Rationis Reddendae: An Approximation to Hilary of Poitiers' Understanding of Theology

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Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 2002 - 322 pages
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The present dissertation on Hilary of Poitiers' understanding of theology explores a neglected part of research in our knowledge of the Fathers' theology. The study discusses Hillary's views on theology as they appear in his different writings' and brings together his insights under the headings of Cognitio Dei, Fidei Intelligentia and Dicti Ratio. The first part deals with Hilary's ideas on natural knowledge of God and the possibilities of our human understanding and language in relation to transcendent divine realities. The central part looks at the knowledge given in faith and how according to Hilary the human mind may appropriate and reflect on the same. Finally, Hilary's views on scriptural and theological language are considered.
 

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Contents

Heretica Intellegentia heresy a false and impious understanding of faith
147
2 Fidei conscientia our personal knowledge of the faith
152
3 Heretica intellegentia heresy as faulty understanding
155
heresy as impiety
164
Pia Intellegentia Pious understanding
177
2 Pia intellegentia in De Trinitate
178
3 Spiritalis intellegentia in the Tractatus super Psalmos
191
4 Ministerium in the context of Hilarys service to the true faith
207

8 Concluding remarks
50
Inconpraehensibilis Deus The difficulties involved in the knowledge of God
53
Gods transcendence and mystery
54
2 Infirmitas nostra the weakness of our human understanding
64
3 Our intellectual weakness in Hilarys Treatise on the Psalms
74
4 Epistemological conclusions
80
Testimonium Dei de se ipso Revealed knowledge of God
87
2 Cognitio Dei in In Matthaeum
88
3 Reuelatio and reuelare in De Trinitate
98
4 Testimonium Dei de se ipso
106
5 The relationship between natural and revealed knowledge
108
6 Concluding Remarks
115
Fides rationabilis scientiae the rationality of our Faith
119
1 Fides cognitionis a faith full of knowledge
121
2 Fides intellegentiam adsumit
131
3 Fides rationabilis scientiae
137
4 Conclusions
143
5 Concluding remarks
209
Sermo de Deo human language and God
213
1 Human language and the reality of God in De Trinitate
215
2 Formulations of the Faith in De Synodis
229
3 In synthesis
240
4 Concluding remarks
241
Diuinorum dictorum auctoritates
243
2 Testimonia ex diuinis uoluminibus
249
3 Signiflcatio the correct understanding of biblical texts
261
Authority and the faith of the Church
267
5 Concluding Remarks
275
GENERAL CONCLUSIONS
279
ABBREVIATIONS
299
BIBLIOGRAPHY
303
INDEX OF PROPER NAMES
317
TABLE OF CONTENTS
319
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