Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam
Birth 1469
Death 1536

Renaissance intellectual of the first magnitude – humanist philosopher, critic of scholastic and Lutheran theology, reformist teacher, convinced cosmopolitan and keen Classicist. Erasmus said that the Gospel values of simplicity, naivety and submission are fundamental human characteristics (we wonder where on earth he managed to find a significant proportion of people who fitted this description) and therefore the direct relationship between man and God was a whole lot more important than all the Catholic church doctrines. He’s most famous for his The Praise of Folly, which looks at the world from the perspective of the thing that unites us and makes us brothers – human folly.

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