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Dominion In Community: The Law Of Love

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Following the inner logic of Wyclif 's discourse and his dissent with Fitzralph and Bradwardine has helped us to find more integrity in Wyclif 's logic of the scriptures, metaphysics, theology and natural philosophy than many of his modern readers have. De mandatis is Wyclif 's first tract on common dominion, or 'dominion in community'. With little exaggeration, De mandatis could be called Wyclif 's 'book of law'. Its relatively many extant copies underline the fact that his 'fideli' used it extensively. The drama which enfolds in it between lex membrorum and lex Dei reflects the full context of Wyclif 's understanding of his mission to teach his community both the new law of love and the old law, which was Moses's transcript of divine will into a man-made code, communicated to him through the horror of the encounter with the angel, and carved into stone.

Keywords:De mandatis; dominion; law of love; Wyclif 's book of law; Wyclif 's discourse



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