Ficino, Pico and Savonarola: The Evolution of Humanist by Amos Edelheit

By Amos Edelheit

This ebook offers a examine of humanism, theology, and politics in Florence over the past many years of the 15th century. It considers the family members among humanists and theologians and among humanism and faith.

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Here he seems to construct his own relatively new humanist theology solely on that which is necessary, accompanied by a critical examination of that which is merely possible or probable. All that is necessary as far as faith is concerned is Scripture, without additions or subtractions, and revelation, including the first four councils and the Creed. It is quite clear from Pico’s discussion of the salvation of Origen—where he maintains that a special revelation is the sole criterion for determining whether or not Origen was saved—that for him introduction 41 the decrees of binding Church councils were subordinated to revelation.

I am thus in complete agreement with John Monfasani’s opening sentence to his ‘Platonic Paganism in the Fifteenth Century’, in Byzantine Scholars in Renaissance Italy: Cardinal Bessarion and Other Emigrés (Aldershot 1995), pp. 45–61; see p. ” See also his critical historiographical remarks with further references on pp. 45–47. See also Kristeller’s general discussion of paganism and Christianity in his Renaissance Thought… pp. 66–81. introduction 25 elements peculiar to the Reformation or to the Counter-Reformation.

For the evaluation of Camporeale’s studies in general see ‘Essays in Honor of Salvatore Camporeale’, in Modern Language Notes 119, no. 1, supplement (2004); for evaluation of his studies on Valla see the articles by Melissa Meriam Bullard, Christopher S. Celenza, Brian P. Copenhaver, Mariangela Regoliosi, and Nancy S. Struever, in Journal of the History of Ideas vol. 66, no. 4 (October 2005), pp. 477–556. See also Francesco Petrarca, Secretum, ed. Enrico Fenzi (Milano 1992), p. ” On p. 128 Petrarch calls for a new theological language to replace the empty formulations of scholastic theology; see the citation in chapter one, n.

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