Scholasticism And Mysticism

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After 750 CE several religious conflicts had developed that had a major impact on western culture. These religious conflicts can be seen as early as the Carolingian dynasty after Pope Stephen II recognized Pepin the Short as King of the Franks. The Carolingians saw themselves as saviors of the Christian Gaul, yet they would ransack monasteries to pay their soldiers. Pepin the Short then gave power to his son, Charlemagne, who was truly concerned with education, government, and religion. Shortly after his rise to power Charlemagne was crowned Augustus by Pope Leo III, and by taking this title the Carolingian court became independent of Byzantium. This created conflict with Constantinople, and while Charlemagne began to restore ties the emperor of Byzantium, Irene, was dethroned. …show more content…
While scholasticism pushed the bounds of human knowledge for this time period, mysticism confined itself mostly to those who believed in Christ. Scholasticism brought humans closer to discovery than ever before, and many believed it was possible to understand everything. Aristotle was central to scholastic thinking, and believed that the cosmos was rationally ordered. Scholasticism focused primarily on extending knowledge by inference, and began to be seen in many early European universities.

Mysticism helped change society as it placed focus on religious beliefs, and sharing God’s love. The majority of mystical experiences occurred during the late middle ages, and involved Christ. While mysticism privileged women, men also had mystical experiences. Many of these mystics took to become champions of orthodoxy. One major example of this can be seen with Hildegard of Bingen who was famous for her books on the experiences and visions she encountered; which started when she was a child. Another example of a mystic is Julian of Norwich, the first woman author of a book written in

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