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Marsilio Ficino And The Conditio Religionis: “Quandiu Duram Et Miserabilem Hanc Ferrei Seculi Sortem Sustinebimus?”

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This chapter intends to place the theology of Marsilio Ficino's De Christiana religione in the context of the spiritual crisis Florence was facing during the second half of the Quattrocento. It demonstrates through an analysis of some parts of this text-that Ficino here lays the foundation for a new humanist theology. Ficino ignores scholastic and most of patristic theology (which the exception of Augustine, and occasionally Jerome and Origen), even in places where the subject of his discussion brings to mind scholastic and patristic sources. The author emphasizes Ficino's growing dependence on biblical and classical sources, including newly discovered classical texts; his limited references to the Fathers, essentially to Augustine and Origen; and the complete absence of the Doctors of the Church.

Keywords:humanist theology; Marsilio Ficino



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