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Middle Ages - General
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Part of Middle Ages:

1. General

2. Middle Ages

3. Medieval Church

In its widest sense, this term denotes the central section of a historical process taking place in three or more stages, whether this process is regarded as a progress, a decline, or a cycle. The concept of a “middle” epoch was implicitly known to Christian historical tradition, since the triple division of the Apostle Paul (ante legem, sub lege, sub gratia) , which influenced later attempts to divide sacred history into periods (Joachim of Fiore: age of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit). Th…

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Karl Schnith, “Middle Ages - General”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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