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Nicholas of Amiens
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(1147 – after 1203). A student of Alain of Lille and Gilbert of Poitiers, Nicholas wrote the apologetic Ars fidei catholicae, in which, following the model of Euclid’s geometry and inspired by Aristotle’s Analytica posteriora, he tried to derive theological tenets from more fundamental nontheological statements having the character of definitions, postulates, and axioms, forgoing citation of authorities. His hope was to secure the position of theology as a science. The work follows the structure of Peter Lombard’s Sententiae.

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Nicholas of Amiens”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024123>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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