Artist: Peter Abelard|
Confronting Bodies: French religious authorities
Date of Action: 1120, 1130-1141
Specific Location: France
Description of Artwork: Abelard was a French philosopher and theologian. His most popular writings are contained in Theologia Summi Bonni (c.1120), Theologia Christiana (c.1123-24), and Theologia Scholarium. In these works Abelard challenges the Christian belief in the holy trinity (the father, son and holy spirit). The Holy Trinity was believed to be a universal unit by other French theologians. He also argued that one needed basic human reasoning, instead of scriptures, to understand the relationship between the three separate entities.
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