A New School Of Thought

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Following the dark ages, many great thinkers and writers became noticed for their views and opinions of the roles of both man and God. Beginning in Italy in the fifteenth century, Italian Renaissance thinkers began diverging from the scholastic school of thought and became more concerned with the relation between man and God. As this concerned developed, the great thinkers of the time formed a new school of thought called humanism. Humanism is virtually the exact opposite of what scholasticism was; a school of thought that’s primary focus is exploring the relationship between humans and the divine entities. Elsewhere in Europe, before the Renaissance made its way out of Italy, movements like the Reformation took place. Though the Reformation was humanistic in nature, in the sense that Luther studied the relation between man and the divine, it specified the importance of God’s role in the lives of humans. This contradicts the anthropocentric view of the Renaissance thinkers because the Renaissance thinkers focused on God’s gift of free will and man’s ability to make oneself into anything one desires. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the philosophers and theologians of Europe held varying views of which entity was more influential in everyday life; man or God. Ultimately, a theocentric attitude prevailed over a broader region of Europe at the time. During the Italian Renaissance, the philosopher Pico della Mirandola revolutionized the way people thought. Pico della…

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