hist 4b essay 3

hist 4b essay 3 - On the Councils Given by Divine Law )...

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Adam Goldsmith Hist 4B Discussion W 5 pm 1/30/08 Petrarch and Thomas Aquinas both shared a relatively low opinion of man and his nature. And while they both considered man to be sinful, and astray from God’s will, Thomas Aquinas’ use of language seemed to suggest more hope for man and a higher opinion of him than did Petrarch’s use of language. Aquinas consistently made references to holy scriptures, suggesting that through the following of such scriptures, man’s righteousness could be attained. He wrote, “Since the highest perfection of human life consists in man’s being open for God, the three counsels above seem to prepare the ground for this mental openness and seem to relate fittingly to the state of perfection”. (P. 21, Aquinas,
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Unformatted text preview: On the Councils Given by Divine Law ) Petrarch made much less reference to God, as if to suggest that divine will was further from reach and hardly worth mentioning. He also wrote less about human potential, and more about human flaw. He wrote, “So rare, even among our dear ones, is that exact agreement of all attitudes and habits”. (p.29, Petrarch’s Letter to Dionigi Da Borgo) Petrarch made many of the same criticisms as Aquinas, except without mention of the possible solutions; “I marveled at the natural nobility of our soul—except when it spoils itself…turning God’s honorable gift into dishonorable ends.”(p.32, Petrarch’s letter)...
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