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First, he asserted that theologians must thoroughly master the thought of the GreekArab world, different as it was from that of the Fathers. Secondly, however, Albert left the legacy of a transmitter of philosophical and natural knowledge without attempting to synthesize it creatively. He sought “real scientific knowledge”—a knowledge not of words and subtle distinctions, but of “things” (Gilson, 1957, 279). In a sense, Albert may be called a predecessor of the kind of phenomenological methodology that is so necessary as a stage in the process of understanding another culture and faith.

We shall enter into that movement in the following chapter, but there is yet one more historical survey to record—that of the dynamics that synthesized or syncretized the Graeco-Roman/Germanic fusion that occurred between the fifth and the thirteenth centuries. Such a survey will deepen our understanding of the syncretic process that shows the Metaxy in both its tensions and its creativity. This investigation will uncover deeper analogues between our contemporary problems in cross-cultural mis1.

The monumental event that was seen to fulfill this hope was the conversion of Clovis in 492, although the conversion was also a stage in the struggle between Roman Catholics and Gothic Arians. ” This rule would also contribute a distinctive eastern flavor to later northern European religion and culture, including the influence of the growing power of Islam. This power in turn would deeply influence the philosophico-theological synthesis of scholasticism. The conversion of the barbarians of the north was hindered severely by the power of the Huns, Gepids and Lombards, and even more by the mighty explosion of Islam.

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