Extraterrestrials or terrestrial heretics? Being green in the Middle Ages

Gammie, R. and Foxon, A. (2024) Extraterrestrials or terrestrial heretics? Being green in the Middle Ages. Theology and Science. ISSN 1474-6719

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In this paper we seek to propose a novel solution to the Green Children of Woolpit, a 12th century ‘alien’ mystery by approaching the ‘otherworldly’ through a terrestrial, theological lens. In focusing specifically on their otherworldliness, we suggest a congruence between the children’s characteristics and the theological threat of early Catharism. When viewed Christologically, the Green Children mystery offers ample opportunity for exotheological discourse, focusing as it does on key Christian theological issues such as: Christ’s humanity, the Incarnation, and what it means to be human in the Middle Ages.

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Additional Information: © 2024. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Theology and Science. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Alien, Christology, Green Children, Woolpit, Cathar, Science Fiction, Human
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Ros Gammie
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 13:47
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2024 13:20
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/948

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