The Appropriation of the Church Fathers in the Devotio Moderna – Mathilde Van Dijk

Monday, October 6th, 16:00, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, room 130

Triptych of Temptation of St Anthony ( )

Triptych of Temptation of St Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The adherents of the Devotio Moderna wished to revive the devotio antiqua as practiced by Jesus Christ, the apostles and early church saints such as the martyrs. The Church Fathers were their most important sources regarding how they could go about this: as authorities, the Fathers offered trustworthy information about what imitation actually meant. Van Dijk will discuss how the devout dealt with patristic texts and how they appropriated these to find a feasible way of being truly pious after the model of their early church forebears.

Mathilde Van Dijk is a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen and one of the convenors of the Agricola Seminar.

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