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36 In this doctrine 37 there are two inseparable elements: the initiative of divine love and power and the Godward action of human nature. Contrary to the widespread impression that the patristic doctrine was almost exclusively concerned with the manward (or "devilward") action of God—described variously as "deification," "rescue," or "ransom," or expressed in more bizarre symbols of a transaction with Satan—in which human nature played only a passive role,38 these two elements are consistently present in the Fathers, both Greek and Latin, although in varying proportions.

VI What the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages said in their classrooms or wrote in their books cannot be isolated from their participation in the spiritual life of the Church and their contribution to the forms of that life. As far as Anselm is concerned, his special place in the history of Christian devotion rests on his encouragement and expression of "Marian" piety. Thus, for instance, in his prayers to Mary he provides one of the most graceful and moving examples of a tendency which, while rooted in the patristic age, took in the Middle Ages new forms which are still characteristic of Latin Christendom.

C. Mortimer, Western Canon Law (Black, London, 1953). Extensive treatments will be found in P. Fournier and G. Le Bras, Histoire des collections canoniques en Occident depuis lesfausses decretalesjusqu'auDecretdeGratien, 2vols. (Sirey, Paris, 1931—1932), and J . F. von Schulte, Die Geschichte der Quellen und. Literatur des canonischen Rechts von Gratian bis auf die Gegenwart, 3 vols. in 4 (Stuttgart, 1875-1880). The following are also useful for the study of medieval Church history in its different aspects: A.

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