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Humanist Theology In Practice

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This chapter illustrates some aspects of humanist theology through a detailed analysis of sermons given by humanists in religious confraternities, together with other orations, all of which were delivered in Florence during the 1470s and 1490s. The first two sections in the chapter presents the new balance between humanism and Christian sources under the shadow of a spiritual and political crisis (analysing the Declamationum liber), together with Neoplatonic influence (analysing Ficino's sermons). The rest of the sections present analyses of sermons written by humanists which were meant to be delivered to the confraternities either by members of youth confraternities (analysing Poliziano's sermons) or delivered by themselves (analysing Rinuccini's sermons, Nesi's sermons, and sermons of other humanists).

Keywords:Declamationum liber; Ficino's sermons; humanist theology; Nesi's sermons; Poliziano's sermons; Rinuccini's sermons



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