The people of early modern Europe were well aware of Paulís warning in 2 Cor 11:14 that Satan could transform himself into an angel of light. Protestants and Catholics alike, as they sought to discern true sanctity from false hypocrisy and divine miracles from demonic wonders, worried about the proximity of the demonic and the divine. The problem of Discernment of Spirits confronted mystics such as Teresa of Avila and Ignatius of Loyola, and preoccupied the scholastic Jean Gerson and the humanist Erasmus. Even if the terminology was Catholic, discernment posed a problem to Christians of all denominations. This interdisciplinary symposium explores the manifold ways Christians approached this gordian knot, both necessary and necessarily problematic, in an era of competing confessional identities.
The keynote speakers are Prof Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary/Columbia) and Prof Stuart Clark (Swansea).
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