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4 The Articulation of Faith and Reason in Cusan Predication

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Discussions of faith are spread across Cusanus' predicative oeuvre, and we find no fundamental alterations in his position on the relation of faith and reason over the years. The majority of discussions of faith do occur in the sermons from the Brixen period, which is however most likely just a reflection of the fact the bulk of his sermons were composed during this time. The analysis shows how, in the post-De docta ignorantia sermons, Cusanus refines and deepens his position on faith and reason. The fundamentally intellectual nature of faith is emphasized with increasing decisiveness as Cusanus grows more assured that the surest and truest approach to God is through an intellective mystical theology. A model furthermore emerges in the later sermons of faith as the actualizing force of the latent, or potential, intellect in the spirit of man.

Keywords: Brixen period; Cusanus; De docta ignorantia; faith; God; mystical theology; sermons



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