Desiderius Erasmus

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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style.


Five Important Events

  • 1493-1502- Erasmus leaves the monastery and becomes secretary to the bishop of Cambrai
  • 1516- Erasmus publishes his first Greek-Latin Testament
  • 1517-By favoring the moral reform of the church and de-emphasizing the practice of didactic ritual, Erasmus ultimately laid the groundwork for Martin Luther, who eventually sparked the beginning of the reformation.
  • 1519- Erasmus sends a letter stating his concern for Martin Luther's safety
  • 1524- Erasmus publishes "The Free Will", refuting some of Martin Luther's thesis


Summary

The spread of the content within the New Testament eventually led to the popularity of the Reformation.Erasmus also laid the foundation for the Reformation not just by the writing of the New Testament, but with the spread of his own beliefs. Led by Erasmus, the humanists condemned the corruption within the church. Erasmus believed that true religion depended upon inward devotion rather than outward displays of ceremony and ritual. By favoring the moral reform of the church and de-emphasizing the practice of didactic ritual, Erasmus ultimately laid the groundwork for Martin Luther, who eventually sparked the beginning of the reformation.


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