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By Matthew Spinka

Lengthy well-known for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics offers students and scholars with sleek English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in heritage. via those works—each written ahead of the top of the 16th century—contemporary readers may be able to interact the information that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries. The Library of Christian Classics guarantees that this nice literature of the Christian historical past is well on hand and invitations the continuing improvement of theology.

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Therefore, what wisdom or basis in Christ or reason is there to elect a person whom the electors either suspect or doubt as worthy? Indeed, [judging] from what commonly happens, they ought to flee from him as unworthy. . A certain devoted people, mindful of the salvation of the soul, choose a skilled and suitable priest, who will not be burdensome to them on account of baseless novelties. 79 10 We need now to scrutinize the means by which the one elected to such a prelacy ought to stand within the limits of reason.

The apostle understands by the word alimenta food and drink sufficient for nourishment. He did not mean splendor or superfluity of food, but simply said alimenta, meaning what agrees with the nourishment of the body for the service owed to God. And he means by the word tegumenta both the vestments of the body and also suitable houses which are to protect the faithful, according to their service, from storm and heat. 6 * * * What, I ask, of these temporal things would most benefit the pilgrim? 7 .

And the second reason is: Friars would lead the people in teaching them God's law and thus they would teach some, hide some, and cut off some parts. For then faults in their life should be less known to the people and God's law should be less truly known both by clerks and by common people. The third cause that men notice consists in this, as they say: All these new orders are afraid that their sins should be known and how their entry into the Church had no divine sanction. Thus out of fear they do not desire that God's law be known in English, for they could not put heresy upon men if English told what they said.

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