De Sacramentis 1.1.30

1.1.30 “That there are four points with which the subsequent discussion deals.”

The four points to be considered in the works of restoration are “first, why man was created; then, of what nature he was created; then how he fell; finally, moreover, how he was restored.”

Looking at the table of contents provided in Deferrari’s translation, however, I can’t tell that this outline precisely represents the path that Hugh actually pursues in the parts to follow. Part two is indeed on the cause of man’s creation and all things else, but parts three through five seem to take a detour: part three is on the Trinity, part four on the divine will, and part five on the creation of the angels and free will. Part six then returns to the “creation of man,” but the chapter headings suggest that this section corresponds to Hugh’s “second point,” namely “of what nature he [man] was created,” with parts seven (on the fall of man) and eight (on his restoration) covering points three and four, respectively.


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