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The Alumbrados: Dejamiento And Its Practitioners

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Historians of the heretical movements of the past have nearly always had to struggle with terminology. The heretic hunters at the time tended to choose names which none of the accused would have acknowledged. Later heretic hunters liked to see a continuity in heterodoxy and gave the same names to very different movements. Although, it occasionally uses alumbrado in the broad sense in which the Inquisitors applied it in the 1520s and 1530s, it is the dejados who are the subject of this article. Alcaraz referred to the standard mystical steps, the via purgativa, in which practitioners became aware of their own sinfulness; the via illuminativa, in which they felt God's mercy; and the via unitiva, in which they were united with the deity. Dejamiento was one of them and, it was unable to survive the dogmatic definitions imposed by the Reformation and the Council of Trent.

Keywords: Alcaraz; alumbrado; dejados; Dejamiento; practitioners; Reformation



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