Provisions for Secular Peace
This chapter describes the intellectual and political changes that shaped twelfth-century canon lawyer and bishop Rufinus of Sorrento’s systemization of peace. Rufinus’s treatise De bono pacis (“On the Goodness of Peace”) winds up a century of clerical experimentation with turbulent and repressive modes of peacemaking designed to liberate Christians from unseen violence and introduce them to true peace. While essentially denying that peace could be perfected on earth, Rufinus voiced clerical willingness to make peace with the present world, not the one hereafter. Christians could enjoy this peace without feeling that they had settled for a counterfeit or submitted to an unjust captivity.
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