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John Mairs Dialogus De Materia Theologo Tractanda Introduction, Text And Translation

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In this chapter there is a dialogue between two men, master Gavin Douglas, provost of St Giles's Church, Edinburgh and master David Cranston, a most worthy bachelor formatus in sacred theology. John Mair was born into a farming family in the village of Gleghornie in southeast Scotland. David Cranston studied under Mair, and began teaching at Montaigu. Mair's Quartus Sententiarum was dedicated to Robert Cockburn, Bishop of Ross and Gavin Douglas. According to Gavin the number of months a person needs for study of dialectic is not greater than the number of years needed for the study of grammar. David's opinion was that not many Parisians from wealthy homes rose to the level of a degree in arts or theology, but hurriedly threw themselves into the study of law, to become courtier. And whatever way in which theology is dealt with, the outcome will remain the same.

Keywords:David Cranston; Gavin Douglas; Gleghornie; John Mair; Montaigu; Quartus Sententiarum; Scotland; theology

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