Nicholas of Cusa and Times of Transition

Essays in Honor of Gerald Christianson


Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) was active during the Renaissance, developing adventurous ideas even while serving as a churchman. The religious issues with which he engaged – spiritual, apocalyptic and institutional – were to play out in the Reformation. These essays reflect the interests of Cusanus but also those of Gerald Christianson, who has studied church history, the Renaissance and the Reformation. The book places Nicholas into his times but also looks at his later reception. The first part addresses institutional issues, including Schism, conciliarism, indulgences and the possibility of dialogue with Muslims. The second treats theological and philosophical themes, including nominalism, time, faith, religious metaphor, and prediction of the end times.

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Thomas Izbicki is a Cornell PhD who has worked on the papacy and canon law in the later Middle Ages. Among his interests are Pope Pius II, Nicholas of Cusa, Juan de Torquemada and Antoninus of Florence. Jason Aleksander is Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at National University in California. He works primarily in the areas of medieval and Renaissance philosophy, Dante studies, and the philosophy of religion. Donald F. Duclow, Ph.D (1974), is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Gwynedd Mercy University. He has published widely on the medieval Christian Neoplatonic tradition, including Masters of Learned Ignorance: Eriugena, Eckhart, Cusanus (Ashgate/Variorum, 2006).
Readership includes not just scholars in the United States and the United Kingdom, but also scholars in Europe, South America and Japan interested in Nicholas of Cusa, the Renaissance and the Reformation. Keywords: Nicholas of Cusa, Council of Constance, Council of Basel, Papacy, Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Metaphor, Islam, Reform, Faith, Neoplatonism, Apocalypticism
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