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Tempus longum ... locus asper ... : Chiaroscuro In Hugh Of Saint-Victor

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The right use of time is at the heart of Hugh of Saint Victor's work, and the changeability that comes with it is less solidly rejected than this quote predictably suggests, loosening eternitys hold over time, over man in time. The sacraments at the centre of De sacramentis are part of the underlying and ongoing drama of the Word, who came into the world to fight with the devil. In the issues surrounding Gods will in Book One, Hugh had equally addressed philosophically and theologically urgent questions, namely whether God could have made a better world. Hughs concern in De sacramentis is with the remedy of the sacraments playing out in time and place. Hugh never loses sight of the enduring good that lies behind itnor of the ultimate and inscrutable divine judgment which is behind some peoples lack of perseverance in caritas.

Keywords: De sacramentis; divine judgment; God; Hugh of Saint Victor



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