The most important teacher at the new University of Paris, Abelard was notorious for publicly ridiculing rivals, and he easily made enemies who were anxious to seek revenge. His dialectical method of questioning nearly everything was the pretext used by his theological enemies to obtain the first condemnation of his work at the Provincial Council of Rheims, held at Soissons in 1121. At that council Abelard was not even given the right to respond. For a time he was confined to a monastic community at St. Medard. The only contemporary theologians whose criticisms of Abelard’s theology have survived were insignificant figures, however, far removed from the site of Abelard’s condemnations.
After his condemnation...
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