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angel  

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Hermes was the messenger of Zeus. Iris was ascribed the same function; for Plato the two are the divine angeloi. By the 3rd cent. ad, angels played a large part in Judaism and Christianity, and they ...
Assumption of the BVM

Assumption of the BVM  

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The belief that the BVM, ‘having completed her earthly life, was in body and soul assumed into heavenly glory’ (definition, 1950). The belief was unknown in the early Church; it first appears in ...
Catechetical School of Alexandria

Catechetical School of Alexandria  

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A Christian school in Alexandria, concerned with advanced teaching in theology and with a succession of teachers in charge from the 2nd to the 4th cent., is depicted by Philip Sidetes (5th cent.) ...
mysticism

mysticism  

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Belief in union with the divine nature by means of ecstatic contemplation, and belief in the power of spiritual access to ultimate reality, or to domains of knowledge closed off to ordinary thought. ...
Peter the Fuller

Peter the Fuller  

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(d. 488), Patr. of Antioch. According to an uncertain tradition, he was a monk in the house of the Acoemetae at Constantinople, where he practised as a fuller. Expelled because of his Monophysite ...
Robert Grosseteste

Robert Grosseteste  

(c.1168–1253)English medieval philosopher. Born in Suffolk, Grosseteste gained a reputation in medicine, and after study in Paris became perhaps the first Chancellor of the university of Oxford. He ...
symbolism

symbolism  

The use (or perceived use) of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. See also colour symbolism; condensation; product-symbol format; ritual model; surplus meaning; symbol; symbolic; visual ...

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