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This front matter section of this book titled James of Viterbo De regimine Christiano: A Critical Edition and Translation contains the Preface, sigla and abbreviations and the Introduction. De regimine Christiano has two parts. The first and shorter part begins with an analysis of the Church as a community in the light of book 1 of Aristotle's Politics. Then comes the commentary on "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church&t;. It is in part 2 that the pith of James's political doctrine is to be found. It is inevitable that a work called forth so directly by the press of events should show signs of hasty composition, and James's arguments are no doubt more diffuse than they would have been had he had time to polish and refine them. Some of his best arguments come in the final chapter of part 2, which is clearly a compendium of afterthoughts.

Keywords: apostolic Church; Aristotle; De regimine Christiano; James of Viterbo; Politics



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