De statu pure nature
De statu pure nature

De statu pure nature

n.p., n.d. [Italy ? ca. late 17th to mid 18th century.]. Small 8vo, 204 leaves; text in Latin throughout and divided into roughly sixteen major sections; full limp parchment, soiled and worn, with two small holes in spine and loss to head and tail, textblock edges with mild waterstain, some iron burning on a handful of leaves, very good. An educated Christian's writings on original sin, the Grace of Christ, and Creation. The author reflects on several core tenets of Christianity, including original sin, Adam's free will, the creation of life by God, Divine Grace and the reconciliation of Christ. Each section has anywhere from three to nine propositions, outlining the arguments of the author. The contents of the journal appear to be more than just sermon notes or fragmented notes as the writing mostly appears in complete sentences. The verso on leaf 202 contains a reference to "D. Petrus Chrysologus" (St. Peter Chrysologus) and his sixty-ninth sermon. St. Peter Chrysologus is a recognized "Doctor of the Church", known for delivering short, pithy sermons in simple language. He was named "Bishop of Ravenna by Pope Sixtus III circa 433 A.D." (Wikipedia). He preached during the fifth century A.D., and according to Wikipedia, his sermons "are historically significant as they reveal [aspects of] Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna." The manuscript was likely owned by a scholar or clergyman, as those who would know Latin in this time would have to have received an education or training. Based on the translated phrases and keywords, we cannot attribute this work to any known classical, medieval, or renaissance texts, so we take it to be original arguments on different aspects of Christianity. A fascinating example of a hand-written journal, recorded in beautiful manuscript hand. Item #53291

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