1 LIGHT INTO STONE: THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL
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THEOLO GIC AL CONTE XT Until the 12th century, the divinity of Christ tended to eclipse his humanity.Rather than his suffering in cruciﬁxion for man’s salvation, it was his triumph over death in resurrection that most impressed the early Christians. As the ﬁnal judge of mortal man, the Pantokrator was a terrible presence at the door of the dark, heavy, awe-inspiring church.By the early 12th century,however, certain monasteries were fostering a reawakened humanism: Christ’s Passion and compassion moved them and love ameliorated terror among the faithful. In particular, the Marianism associated with the monastic school of Chartres – on the southern edge of the Île-de-France – was symptomatic and formative of this development in promising the intercession of the immaculate Virgin for the salvation of suffering humanity.