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In The Beginning: Theories And Images Of Creation In Northern Europe In The Twelfth Century

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For the purposes of this chapter, religion may briefly be said to be a practical philosophy of existence whose intellectual justification is its theology. One of the most pressing theological issues of the day was that of creation, competing theories of creation being far more deeply a concern in the pre-modern religious society of the Middle Ages. The chapter first presents the general intellectual/political context in which the images creation operated, as well as identify some of the more specific issues involved in the various theories of creation as they pertain to creation imagery. After very briefly taking up a few prominent Early Christian and Carolingian images of creation, the chapter analyzes the latter with an aim toward showing that these images should instead be seen as active factors in the process of forming elite opinion on the issue of creation.

Keywords: Carolingian images of creation; Christ; Early Christian images of creation; Northern Europe; platonism; theological issues; theories of creation



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