Erasmus of Rotterdam

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byMaurice Wilkinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HIS TROUBLES AND LATER YEARS HRISTIknow, Luther I do not know; the Roman Church I know, and death will not part me from it. So wrote Erasmus early in 1520, when the question of Luther became pressing, if not dangerous. In November of the next year he wrote: "I have no more to do with Luther than with any one else. I would sooner his errors were corrected than himself lost, but, as he has been scattering poison, the hand of the scatterer must gather it again." And, more uncharitably: "They may roast or boil Luther for all I care, it will be but one person the less in the world; but, in the interests of humanity as a whole, the papal party have been foolish. There is to be some sort of Edict--may it prosper! I do not care anything about Luther's fate; but I like peace, and when once peace is disturbed the scum always comes to the surface." How modern a touch! Do we not say the same thing after our experience of the past seven years? Erasmus was always in favour of stability at any price. No sentiment could have been less in favour of heresy than all this. Erasmus, at the same time, was wholly opposed to over definition, and many of the disputes of the day were centred round matters the discussion of which, if not exactly irreverent, was wholly unprofitable. Erasmus disliked intolerance and probably in his heart thought that Catholicism was rather overlaid by definition; his dislike and fear of a false theology rigidly defined and intolerant, into which the Reformation very soon developed, was one cause of his hostility to Luther. The prevailing uncertainty was a constant irritation to him, and when irritated Erasmus became flippant and sarcastic. He diagnosed the troubles of the times with remarkable accuracy in his correspondence with his friends, but once his pe...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HIS TROUBLES AND LATER YEARS HRISTIknow, Luther I do not know; the Roman Church I know, and death will not part me from it. So wrote ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217470696

ISBN - 13:9780217470698

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