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From Pagan Cosmos to Christian Creation: A Historical Path from Late Antique Priscillianus to Medieval Hildegard

From Pagan Cosmos to Christian Creation: A Historical Path from Late Antique Priscillianus to Medieval Hildegard

By Francisco Buide

Qualelibet, Volume 27, No. 2 (2010)

Introduction: Why can’t we properly speak of Hildegard’s visions and science as pagan? Can we consider a pagan reminiscence the astronomy, medicine and science of Christian Late Antiquity and Middle Ages? Why and how do ancient and medieval Christians look so different to the sky, future and world as the pagans did?

One Christian author from Late Antiquity, Priscillianus, can show us some differences that we can follow till Hildegard von Bingen in the Middle Ages. Christianity has a self and differentiated consciousness and identity from its very origins, at least in relation to other religions. These other religions were paganism and pre-Christian cults mostly. They were present in the areas where Christianity diffused. The relationship between Christianity and Judaism is different and should be studied in a different way.

Click here to read this article from the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies

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