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Erasmus

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Erasmus

Leave the talking to you. You are an erudite orator, and a bright thinker. You manage to stay on top of the scientific as well as the social debate, but in a fun way. Fluent opposer of petty rules and limitations on the freedoms of man.

Desiderius Erasmus (Geert Geerts, 1466-1536) was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Amongst humanists, he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists". Although he was born out of wedlock, he worked his way up and became one of the leading humanist of his age. Council to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His best known work The Praise of Folly is a witty and satirical attack on superstitions and other traditions of European society in general and the western Church in particular.

Erasmus lived against the backdrop of the growing European religious Reformation and religious tensions; but while he was critical of the abuses within the Church and called for reform, he kept his distance from Luther and Melanchthon and continued to recognise the authority of the pope. Erasmus emphasized a middle way, with a deep respect for traditional faith, piety and grace. Thus breaking ground for later 16th century ideas on tolerance, as used by i.a. Leiden University founder William of Orange.

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