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Ficino, Augustine and the Pagans

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This chapter discusses scholastic theology that arose largely from the adoption of a quasi-Aristotelian model to deal with the legacy of Augustine to the Western church. The second and third of the catastrophic flaws in late medieval scholastic theology were even more directly linked to Augustinian thought than had been the epistemological debates. The second comes from De trinitate, where, in Books IX to XI, and then in Book XIV, Augustine is casting round for the image of God in human beings to which Genesis 1:26 refers. Once the synthesis of the Mosaic revelation, the Timaeus and Plotinus had been achieved, the expansion of Christian orthodoxy could be promoted through the successful importation into Christian apologetic of an upgraded view of human moral and spiritual potential.

Keywords: Augustine; Marsilio Ficino; pagans; quasi-Aristotelian model; scholastic theology



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