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Meister EckhartPhilosopher of Christianity$
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Kurt Flasch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204865

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204865.001.0001

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The End in Avignon

The End in Avignon

“Devil’s Seed”

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(p.263) 20. The End in Avignon
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Meister Eckhart
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Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0020

This chapter examines the Avignonese theologians' evaluation of the twenty-eight articles used in the inquisitorial trial of Meister Eckhart. Eckhart was given one last chance to speak in the report of the theologians in Avignon. The report dates from the second half of 1327 and logs Eckhart's last defense as abbreviated notes. This chapter first considers Eckhart's claim that the creation was not a random act of God or the result of a choice, as well as the censors' condemnation of the first three articles. It then discusses Eckhart's argument that it is wrong to call God “good,” insisting that God is beyond all names, along with rejection of the prayer of supplication and the expectations of reward. It also explores the Avignonese theologians' responses to Eckhart's other supposedly heretical views, including his philosophy of Christianity. Finally, it analyzes the pope's decision in Eckhart's trial.

Keywords:   theologians, trial, Meister Eckhart, Avignon, creation, God, prayer of supplication, philosophy of Christianity, pope, reward

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