Plato in Paul

Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) sees a key element of Plato’s theology in Paul’s epistles:

…when we investigate the reasons why every single being has been created and disposed in the way that it is (which is a question that occurs to us naturally), that very reason which is the creator of all things draws us towards itself. This is when we not only turn our attention towards eternal life, but also strive to transform our soul on the model of the form of all forms, that is, the creator. This is why the apostle Paul says that the inward man is daily renewed if we contemplate what is invisible and eternal [2 Cor. 4:16]. And again: ‘But we all, with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.’ [2 Cor. 3:18]– From Platonic Theology XIV.2, trans. Luc Deitz, in Cambridge Translations of Renaissance Philosophical Texts Vol. 1: Moral Philosophy, ed. Jill Kraye (Cambridge University Press, 1997), pg. 154

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