CHURCH SOUL AND BODY: COLET'S NEOPLATONIC CONCEPT OF REFORM
This chapter attempts (1) to analyze the rationale behind Colet's advocacy of a Christian communal society, and (2) to explore the complicated problem of Colet's multitudinous sources in the light of preceding chapters.
Colet's Neoplatonic concept of form and matter is applied not only to individual redemption, but also to the nature of the Christian Church. The starting point for this application is "the case of the human body," which Colet regards in Aristotelian terms as composed of contrary and conflicting principles "ever striving to part asunder."1____________________