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Tractatus De Civili Dominio I: How Sin Infects The Body And Soul Of Nature

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The motto of De civili dominio and Wyclif 's doctrine are composed of propositions made earlier. One of these propositions concerns the relationship between justice and dominion. Another proposition refers to Wyclif 's whole philosophy and theology of the 'idea of man and nature'. Natural life means a natural balance between the soul and the body, and 'ususfructus' of the beasts, and therefore natural dominion over all sensibilia, too. The natural man does not sin. However, original sin, which, for Wyclif, is an act against justice, perverted the natural order of the created universe. Wyclif, in his tracts on how sin infects the body and soul of nature and the republic, which is the form of existence of the natural body of humanity, addresses the soul of his audience, in which the memory of past and seeds of the fruits of the future, the created universe, are present and alive.

Keywords:De civili dominio; dominion; justice; natural life; sin; soul of nature; Wyclif 's doctrine



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