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Roscelin (Roscellin) of Compiègne
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(c. 1050 Compiègne – 1120/1125) studied at Soissons and Reims; among the places he taught was Loches, where Abelard studied with him. His application of dialectics and semantics to theology made his teaching regarding the Trinity as a unity of the divine essence in three persons appear as tritheism, although his aim was to avoid Sabellianism and Arianism. He was forced to recant at a synod in Soissons (1090/1093). His critics, including Abelard in his Theologia summi boni, did not understand his concerns but objected that his writings did not use concepts …

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Roscelin (Roscellin) of Compiègne”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025053>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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