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Unformatted text preview: He introduces his opinions on the importance of moral philosophy to man by discussing how man can become an angel through certain thought. This seems somewhat heretical in itself, but Pico goes on to discuss the various types of angels a man can become: Throne, Cherub, or Seraph. Though I think the names Seraph and Cherub may be used once or twice in the Old Testament, I am fairly certain that in-depth descriptions of the angelic hierarchies came with mystic Jewish texts, and sure enough, Wikipedia claims that Pico used the Kabbalah in some of his arguments. While his reasoning for doing so was that he believed such texts to be nearly as ancient as the Old Testament and therefore nearly as sacred, it must have been outstandingly heretical at that time to introduce any Jewish text other than the Torah into a Christian theological debate....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '07