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Brennan, Mary, ed., John Scottus Eriugena: Treatise on Divine Predestination (Notre Dame Texts in Medieval Culture, Vol 5. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press)

Text name(s): Treatise on Divine Predestination; De divina praedestinatione liber

Number of pages of primary source text: 134


Dates: 850 - 855

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Europe
  • France
  • Ireland


Record Types: 

  • Theology - Doctrine

Subject Headings: 

  • Theology - Sacramental
  • Church Fathers
  • Heresy


  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


A theological treatise commissioned by Hincmar of Rheims, John Scotus Eriugena’s work was condemned by the Church only 5 years after it was written. The book was meant to argue against some of the heretical views of predestination that were floating around at the time, but the orthodoxy of Eriugena’s ideas, based heavily on Augustine and the early Church Fathers, was immediately questioned. This volume presents a detailed look at Eriugena’s entry into the ninth century battles over this particular piece of doctrine. Quite scholarly in tone, this volume requires some knowledge of the theology being discussed (for example, the meaning of double predestination) and requires some knowledge of the background provided by the Church Fathers.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction (i-xxix) discusses the underpinnings of John’s theology and the different views of predestination that lead to his conclusions.

Cataloger: CDB