IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 717: Misrepresentation of Orthodoxies: Slander, Satire, and Synthesis

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Leeds Trinity & All Saints
Organiser:Hannah Hunt, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity & All Saints / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Carl Taylor, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 717-aThe Liber Sententarium of Peter Abelard: Authentic Account or 'Dodgy Dossier'?
(Language: English)
Christopher Paul Middleton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 717-bChristian or Pagan?: Origen's Synthesis of Platonic and Christian Models of Divine Love
(Language: English)
Hannah Hunt, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity & All Saints / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Philosophy, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 717-cHow to Make a Heretic: Methodologies of Subversion in Byzantine Religious Disputes
(Language: English)
Matthew Steenberg, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity University College
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Rhetoric, Theology
Abstract

This session investigates the threshold between orthodoxy and heresy through various exegetical activities. Matthew Steenberg explores patterns of identifying heretical concepts and refuting them exegetically amongst ancient writers, in particular through the use of satire and parody; Hannah Hunt develops earlier research on the contentious use of the vocabulary of love to describe God in Origen’s Synthesis of Platonic and Christian Models of Divine Love; Paul Middleton presents work on the slanderous accusations that Abelard was the author of the lost but incriminating Liber Sententiarum.