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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

A method of scholarly inquiry which proceeds by way of questioning ancient and authoritative texts, first by drawing up lists of contradictory statements in these texts and then applying to them the rules of logic to reveal their underlying agreement, thus attaining what the scholastics saw as the inner truth to which in the end all these texts bore witness. The method was originally a teaching device developed in the schools and universities of W. Europe from the late 11th cent.; it flourished until the 16th century.... ...

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