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Christopher Marlowes Dr John Faustus regards knowledge as easily obtainable information that he can use or discard at his own will This learned philosopher medical doctor lawyer and faithless theologian carelessly rejects his past studies Then in his search for a new educational passion Faustus turns away from Christian devotion and chooses black magic as his study of choice Lacking true faith in God and the Holy Word the misguided doctor jumps blindly into a contract with the Devil He cannot be faulted for his thirst for learningonly his lack of sincere devotion to the God that he studied so tirelessly in the past Faustus misinterprets and misuses the intelligence the gift granted to him by God He refuses to accept the limitations of man and this coupled with his viewing of theology Gods study as merely another avenue for knowledge gain he condemns himself to an eternity in Hell Faustus desire to know more is not the initial cause of his fall Dr John Faustus fails to dedicate a single ounce of true belief in the power and mercy of God His faithless heart commits him to Hell before he even signs the Devils contract Early in the play Faustus exhibits the characteristics of a man who does not understand the limitations of humanity He is highly intelligent and very accomplished but he finds no satisfaction in his professions Couldst thou make men to live eternally Or being dead raise them to life again Then this profession were to be esteemed 122-24 If he cannot make man live forever or raise him from the dead then medicine has no use Faustus fails to recognize the gift given to him by God and only knows that he cannot in a sense play the role of God Despite his religious expertise he does not devote earnest belief in the verses that he has undoubtedly learned and obviously overanalyzed After mastering divinity and several other
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