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Taylor, The Mediaeval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages, 2 vols. , 5th printing, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1949). A slighter but useful book is F. B. D. 200-1500 (Knopf, New York, 1953). Excellent essays on many aspects of medieval culture will be found in C. G. Crump and E. ), The Legacy of the Middle Ages (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1938). E. R. Curtius, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (Pantheon Books, New York, 1953), is a mine of information.
Gilson, "La Servante de la theologie," in his Etudes de philosophic rrUdiivale (Strasbourg, 1921), 30-50. « Lanfranc's De corpore et sanguine domini will be found in PL, 150. Cf. A. J. , London, 1944), 4'-55Cf. Cur deus homo, I, 1. INTRODUCTION 49 replace faith by reason, while others have tried to turn his use of reason into a pure exposition of faith, or even a kind of mysticism. We must, however, attempt a more balanced assessment of his position if we are to make any progress in the understanding of one of the greatest of Christian teachers.
The irresponsibility of the most fully committed "dialecticians," who often seemed to repudiate everything that lay beyond the simplest rational explanation, constituted a real challenge to the doctrinal tradition of the Church. The names of Berengar of Tours and Roscellinus of Compiegne indicate the problem. The former was condemned, not so much for criticizing the dominant eucharistic theology, based on the doctrine of 1 2 Cf. Gilson, History, 139; Grabmann, Geschichte, I, 58. 4 It is not surprising, therefore, that many of the leaders of the revival of Church life in the eleventh century and later should have shown such reserve respecting the application of reason to the truths of faith.
A Scholastic Miscellany: Anselm to Ockham (Library of Christian Classics (Ichthus ed.).) by Eugene R. Fairweather