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Fides historica
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[German Version]

In medieval theology, “fides” is an overriding term under which various phenomena to which different degrees of salvific relevance are attributed are delimited by means of various distinctions. For example, the Summa Halensis (Alexander of Hales) makes a double distinction, distinguishing between, on the one hand, faith acquired through hearing scripture or through reason (fides acquisita) and, on the other, infused faith (fides infusa). The latter can then be further subdivided into faith without works (fides informis) and faith with works (fides caritate for…

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Mühling, Markus, “Fides historica”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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