The concept of orthodoxy in Bede's “Ecclesiastical History of the English People”
This thesis is an examination of the definition of Christian orthodoxy developed by Bede in the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. It begins by examining recent trends in Bedan scholarship that seek deeper insight into the personality of Bede as an aspiring Christian authority. It analyzes Bede's rhetorical presentation of the British as a counter-example of how the gift of faith should be received, and Bede's subsequent warning for his English audience. The later chapters analyze the conversion of King Edwin and his court as well as the miracle of Caedmon, reading these scenes in light of a new definition of lived orthodoxy that Bede develops throughout the Ecclesiastical History. This thesis develops a reading of Bede's concept of orthodoxy that is more than just a list of doctrines to which the faithful must assent. Instead, for Bede, lived Christian orthodoxy is active rather than passive, and maturing rather than instantaneous.
0581: Medieval history