(Amaury; born Bène, near Chartres, died 1206, Paris) studied and taught the artes liberales in Paris. He also was engaged in theology and developed a pantheistic Gnostic interpretation of history, inspired by Neoplatonism, based on John Scotus Eriugena and the natural philosophy of Aristotle. Our knowledge of his system depends entirely on works written by his opponents. His teachings were condemned in 1210 by a synod in Paris, along with the teachings of David, and in 1215 by the 4th Lateran Council. His followers were persecuted as heretics.
Amalrich von Bena (117 words)
Cite this pageRieger, Reinhold, “Amalrich von Bena”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00548>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013
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