Chapter VII - The Reformers' Drum
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Origins = Humanism gained ground. The primary representative of this new-found religion was a count, one Pico della Mirandola, who borrowed philosophical tenets from Plato, Christianity, and sorcery, He wrote The Dignity of Man, a manifesto declaring man's god-like capabilities. This philosophy found expression in churchmen like Erasmus in The Netherlands and Thomas More in England. Five centuries later America's poet Ralph Waldo Emerson would echo Mirandola's sentiments.
Reformers = Kirk diplomatically explains that both Protestants (Luther's 95 Theses) and Catholics (Council of Trent) reacted to the excesses of the Renaissance culture which exalted man's egoism (humanism). Renaissance concupiscence, power politics, and pagan worldview contrasted with the Reformation's Christian morality, principles of justice and freedom, and Biblical worldview. What started as debates among theologians became a forever breach in Christendom.
Divine Comedy = makes me think of the Lord, our God, laughing as in Psalm 2 at all this earthly turmoil. In fact, Kirk wants us to recognize Dante Alighieri, a most imaginative poet. That Divine Comedy joined scholastic philosophy and medieval imagery synthesizing knowledge and belief. I have never read this great poem, but aim to acquire not only John Ciardi's translation but also Anthony Esolen's.
Marching to that different drum, it's gonna be hard to uproot me.
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In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a Link to a 16th century poet who marched to a different drum and made a difference: Marguerite de Navarre