Robert Pullen

d. c.1146. English theologian and “Sentence writer.” Born in England probably about 1080, he studied at Paris under William of Champeaux and Abelard.* By 1133 he was teaching Scripture at Oxford and was also archdeacon of Rochester, but with the troubles following the death of Henry I (1135), he returned to Paris to teach logic and theology, and among his pupils was John of Salisbury. Innocent II, influenced by Bernard of Clairvaux, summoned him to Rome, and in 1144 Pullen was made a cardinal. In 1145 he became chancellor of the Holy Roman Church. In his “Sentences” he tried to unify theological contradictions by the dialectical and Aristotelian methods.