Philosophy And Theology Of The Middle Ages Essay

804 Words Apr 20th, 2016 4 Pages
I have been told that a professor of philosophy once said that in the middle ages, there were two rules: one being that the Church was always right; and that two, if in doubt, refer to rule number one. When thinking about this philosophically, we can imagine that if this professor was a theologian, not much would be able to be said as far as its relation to philosophy goes due to the fact that most Christian philosophers believed that philosophy and theology were synonymous. As to whether or not these assertions are correct, the best step we can take to understanding the rule being discussed is the attempt to find the context of what it actually means to refer to the Church when one is in doubt.

For starters, stating that the Church is always right would indicate that all faith or belief is based on nothing more than authoritarian doctrine and scripture. The Church can also be described as a sovereign entity as a unity based on this faith where all who profess the Trinity, and the mysteries are equally sovereign in the eyes of God. As an organization, the Church is a sovereign element as a solidarity taking into account this faith where all who pronounce the Trinity, and the secrets are sovereign in the same way according to God. In having this framework set up, there is of course, the Pope, who is asserted as the successor of Christ. This idea fortifies faith, as well as the doctrine, and its usage in consecrating moral standards, and political stages when in connection…

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