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The Sleep of BehemothDisputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200$
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Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451324

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.001.0001

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Inner Peace

Inner Peace

Discord, Discretion, and Discipline

(p.153) Chapter 5 Inner Peace
The Sleep of Behemoth

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers medieval understandings of “inner peace” in the Christian context. For high medieval thinkers who followed Saint Augustine, the sacraments did not open the gates to a community of peace but rather conferred peace by demanding that the recipient rearrange their emotional priorities. This peace meant a transformation of the senses, the victory of spirit over flesh resulting in the ability to reject what the body had craved. Grace came as a challenge and provocation, not as an easy escape or reward: it was a call to battle between spirit and flesh. Peacemaking through discernment began as transformative turbulence and culminated in the disciplining of emotions.

Keywords:   inner peace, sacraments, discernment, discretio, emotional discipline, peacemaking

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