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Visions, Power, And The Dynamic Of Mediated Revelation

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This chapter discusses the visions, power, and the dynamic of Mediated Revelation. The dynamic of Mediated Revelation gave power to medieval visions. But, ironically, it was this dynamic which would be the undoing of the medieval vision. It would be subverted by the arrival of the Reformation and its Sola Scriptura principle that significantly narrowed the hermeneutic range and thus undermined the authority implicit in revelatory visions. The dynamic of Mediated Revelation is the fifth and final dynamic of medieval spirituality. The dynamic of Mediated Revelation—the driving force of epistemology in medieval spirituality—found support in the didactic visions. The visions buttressed the dynamic first by their content, including the economy of salvation, the cult of the saints, warfare against the Devil and the importance of the sacraments.

Keywords: didactic visions; epistemology; Mediated Revelation; medieval spirituality; medieval visions; Reformation; Sola Scriptura principle



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