Christian Writings Of Augustine And Haltigar Of Cambrai One Essay

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As a text written in the early middle ages, the Canon Episcopi by Regino of Prüm was revolutionary in the fact that it exemplified a growing skepticism for magic within the Christian community, and most importantly, it served as a strict call to arms for church officials to identify and eliminate practices of magic within parish communities. As a major theological text in the time where Christianity is finally solidifying doctrine, the Canon Episcopi should both draw upon existing ideas of its predecessors and shape the theological works of its successors. While the works of other theological minds show evidence of a common theme or influence, there is still extreme variability and sometimes even direct opposition to Regino’s themes. While the Canon Episcopi did narrow the lens to which theologians and clergy viewed magic, the diversity in the beliefs of magic and the punishments for such practices were still widespread in correlation with particular spatial and chronologic environments.
Within the early Christian writings of Augustine and Haltigar of Cambrai one can see the very roots of the themes that are presented in Regino of Prüm’s Canon Episcopi. However, with an analysis of what is absent in these early texts, one can also see the influence of time period and original thought within the Canon Episcopi. In the discussion of diviners producing true divinations, Augustine states that such situations are the result of “delusions and deceptions” of man given by “corrupt…

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