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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1339: Authority and Ethics

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Great Western 4 Alliance (GW4), Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff & Exeter
Organiser:Carolyn A. Muessig, Department of Religion & Theology, University of Bristol
Moderator/Chair:Ian P. Wei, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol
Paper 1339-aAuthority and Ethics in Augustine of Hippo
(Language: English)
Josef Lössl, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 1339-bEthical Apocalypticism in Burchard of Worms' Decretum
(Language: English)
George David House, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 1339-cPeter Damian and the Problem of Virtue and Charisma
(Language: English)
Anke Holdenried, Department of History, University of Bristol
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Theology

Medieval society invested in political and spiritual leaders (e.g. preachers, monks, theologians) who were the leading intellectuals in moral behaviour. These charismatic people enhanced and challenged institutions when defining authority and ethics. This session will focus on three key thinkers and the way they attempted to define the contours of medieval morality: the influential theologian Augustine of Hippo, whose thought underpins most of medieval theology; the 11th-century ascetic monk and reforming cardinal Peter Damian; Bishop Burchard of Worms (d. 1025), whose eschatological theology and its relation to clerical formation as expressed in Book 20 of his Decretum will be analysed.