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As it turns out, in 1347 Nicholas publicly recanted, watched the burning of some of his writings, and was deprived of his master’s degree. He was, however, able to secure an appointment to dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Metz in 1350 (Rijk 1994, 2-3). , 578: “Hec omnia dixi disputative et causa collationis nichil asserendo pertinaciter, que paratus sum revocare ad mandatum beatissimi domini nostri Clementis … Vehementius desidero prostratus cadere ante pedes vestre clementie et sanctitatis et cum predictorum detestatione cordiali exemplo filii prodigi dicere: ‘Pater, peccavi in celum et coram te …’” 34 Ian Christopher Levy John Wyclif earlier (Bianchi, 160-61).

The schools of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and the universities of the thirteenth and fourteenth, were regarded as the great bulwarks in the fight against heresy, the places where true doctrine would be systematized and thereby secured. No wonder diligent oversight was deemed increasingly necessary as the Middle Ages wore on, lest the very enterprise which provided orthodoxy with its intellectual edifice might now construct the mallet of heterodoxy. 1~Late Medieval Academic Life 47 2 The Metaphysics of John Wyclif W yclif was convinced of the inexorable connection between realist metaphysics and theological orthodoxy.

This means taking their concerns very seriously, and dealing with them on their own terms. While we might say with confidence that the great creeds of the Church were never really in danger, many schoolmen and ecclesiastics were genuinely worried about the tenor of the debate, precisely because they feared where it might lead. The otherwise orthodox scholar speculates on all manner of possibly heretical scenarios and soon these thoughts find a a life of their own. The threat of heresy, that which could unravel the whole fabric of the Christian faith and society, was understood to be 46 Ian Christopher Levy John Wyclif so great as to warrant constant vigilance on the part of ecclesiastical authorities.

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