A Christian Theologia
The years following Abelard's condemnation at Soissons in 1121 witnessed a new phase in the evolution of his career and thought marked by a deepening critique of ecclesiastical authority coupled with an intensified devotion to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Abelard's failure to persuade the assembled ecclesiastics of his arguments drove him to defend his arguments with a much deeper knowledge of the Church Fathers. In familiarizing himself with their writings, he formulated more clearly his own attitude toward a wide range of questions that demanded his attention, not just about God and redemption but about the Church and the foundations of the ethical life. While his major commitment during these years was still to completing a body of philosophical writing about language and understanding, he was anxious to improve what he had to say about the nature and attributes of God. He also laid the scholarly foundation for a synthesis of theological ideas that he would develop more fully in the 1130s. In the process of distancing himself from the authority of Latin patristic tradition, he shifted from Latin to Greek terminology, from divinitas to theologia, and focused more intensely on the consoling power of the Holy Spirit.