A Study of an Intellectual Pilgrimage BY THE REV. (continued from last issue) IX THE PRIZE OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS As the years of his brief earthly course slipped by PICO devoted his attention more and more earnestly to the study of Holy Scripture and the practice of the Christian life. The seventh exposition of the H eptaplus had been entitled "The Happiness which is Life Eternal" (De Felicitate quae est Vita Aeterna), but at the time of writing this PICO was still very much the Neoplatonist and Schoolman. His thinking was philosophical rather than biblical, even though this particular work was intended to be an exegesis of the opening chapter of the Bible. "Happiness I define as follows", he then wrote: "the return of each single thing to its source; for happiness is the summum bonum, and the summum bonum is that which all things seek; but that which all things seek is none other than the source of all things". It is the authority of the Aristotelian philosophy upon which PICO confessedly leans for this definition. He goes on to explain that the end of all things is the same as the source of all things, and
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 1959
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