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The De Veritate Fidei Christianae Of Juan Luis Vives

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The argument of this chapter is that these imperfectly Christianised conversos and Moriscos constitute Vives' prime audience. Unlike earlier apologists who lead off with the Trinity and the divinity of Christ, the two major doctrines dividing Christianity from Judaism and Islam, sometimes including philosophical proofs of God's existence, Vives, after outlining his goals and methods. Vives cannot invoke the progressive revelation theory against Islam in the way he applies it to Judaism, he does draw on historical arguments when he can, as well as rational ones, in targeting what he attacks in Islam. Revisionists have added to inquisition records and contemporary literature by or against these communities a much wider range of sources, yielding different conclusions on the experience of conversos and Moriscos, and before them, medieval Spanish, Jews and Muslims.

Keywords:Jews; Juan Luis Vives; Judaism; medieval Spanish; Moriscos; Veritate Fidei Christianae



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