Christiformitas in Nicholas of Cusa’s Roman Sermons (1459)

Thomas M. Izbicki

Abstract

In 1459, while Pope Pius II was out of Rome, Nicholas of Cusa servedas governor of the city and attempted reform of the clergy of the city. Thesermons for his reform synod and visitations emphasize Christiformitas,conformity to Christ. No individual could attain Christ’s perfection. However,the Christian could conform more closely to Christ, attaining greaterperfection. The concept of Christiformitas thus brought Nicholas’ ideas onthe limits of human knowledge and reform together in preaching to theclergy of Rome. The subtleties of Cusanus’ thought were thus adjusted tothe needs of pastoral care and Christian life.

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