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In Praise of Folly by [Erasmus, Desiderius]
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Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and a Catholic priest and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style and enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists." He has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists." Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament. These raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works. Erasmus lived through the Reformation period and he consistently criticized some contemporary popular Christian beliefs. In relation to clerical abuses in the Church, Erasmus remained committed to reforming the Church from within. He also held to Catholic doctrines such as that of free will, which some Protestant Reformers rejected in favor of the doctrine of predestination. His middle road approach disappointed and even angered many Protestants, such as Martin Luther, as well as conservative Catholics. He died in Basel in 1536 and was buried in the formerly Catholic cathedral there, recently converted to a Reformed church.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23847 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495952398
  • Publisher: BookRix GmbH & Co. KG (14 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1ZJB7S
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Wisdom for the ages. Might be a bit difficult understanding Tudor age English, and you need to Google some of the figures, gods and terminology used. However, having done so you begin to understand the humour and genius that made Erasmus the intellectual giant of his age. What also becomes apparent is that, in an age when critics of the church generally ended up tortured then toasted, he had the courage to lambast the princes of Catholicism. He could just as easily turn his aim inward and does, never too big a target for his own pen. Considering that this was written on the back of a horse travelling the lanes of Europe, this pithy little package is loaded with wisdom that can just as easily be applied to modern life. Buy it, read it then share it with your kids, I intend to do so with my Grandchildren. It will require a tablet and the aforementioned Google, but I know we will have fun. They will also learn a great deal about life, and, that progress changes outward appearances but humanity's follies are eternal.
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