Corpus Christianum(1,244 words)

The term “corpus Christianum” refers to the medieval concept of a unity of church and “state,” of spiritual and secular dominion. According to it, sacerdotium and imperium, empire and papacy are two powers within a unified respublica Christiana encompassing all of Christianity, membership in which is mediated by baptism. The invisible, unifying head of this corpus mysticum is Jesus Christ; it is governed by emperor and pope as earthly heads. The unity of this corpus Christianum was an argument, in particular, for the curial doctrine tha…

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de Wall, Heinrich. "Corpus Christianum." Religion Past and Present. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 21 December 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/religion-past-and-present/corpus-christianum-SIM_03244>
First appeared online: 2011
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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