Desiderius Erasmus
b. October 27, 1466 – d. July 12, 1536 • Teacher • Theologian
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius (1466–1536), ‘Roterodammensis’ or ‘Roterodamus’, humanist. There has been debate about the date of his birth. He was probably the (illegitimate) son of Rogerius Gerardus. Christened ‘Herasmus’; he took in adult life the name of ‘Desiderius’ as a Latinized form of ‘Erasmus’, itself
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius (1466–1536)Born in Rotterdam and educated in Deventer and Paris, Erasmus lived in England, Louvain, Basel, and Freiburg in Breisgau. He was drawn to the devotio moderna and favored educational and disciplinary reforms of church and clergy. He had voluminous correspondence with prelates,
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Erasmus, Desiderius (1466–1536)
Erasmus, Desiderius (1466–1536)Erasmus was the greatest of the Renaissance Christian humanists in his work as classical and patristic scholar, satirist and theologian. He was born illegitimate (his father was almost certainly in orders), and thus he was given to others, especially the Brethren of the
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius, humanist, b. Rotterdam, October 7, 1464, an illegitimate son, whose name was originally Gerhard Gerhardi; studied at Utrecht, Deventer, and Oxford; a monk from 1486 to about 1508, but, by special dispensation, spending little of his time within the monastery, his enthusiastic devotion
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius(1466–1536). Often called simply Erasmus of Rotterdam, he was the leading scholar of the northern Renaissance. While the Renaissance in Italy was chiefly concerned with the revival of the ancient Greek and Roman classics, that of northern Europe was centered on reforming and revitalizing
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Erasmus of Rotterdam, Desiderius
Erasmus of Rotterdam, Desiderius (1466?–1536). Outstanding transitional figure between the Middle Ages and the modern era, classical scholar par excellence, recognized and acclaimed by his contemporaries. He was a writer on popular subjects, a humanist, critic, and satirist of the abuses and the ignorance
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius (c. 1466–1536). Notably one of the most cosmopolitan theologians of the sixteenth century, Erasmus of Rotterdam played the role of a scholar-reformer but never broke formally with the church. He was known in his day as the “prince of humanists” and distinguished himself as an author,
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Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius (c. 1467–1536). Also known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, a preeminent *humanist scholar who was a driving force behind church reforms. Distancing theology from scholasticism and monasticism (see his essay Praise of Folly), his work avoids the rigidity of a system in favor of the free rationality
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Scholars and ScientistsErasmusPious humanist who sparked the Reformation“Would that the farmer might sing snatches of Scripture at his plough and that the weaver might hum phrases of Scripture to the tune of his shuttle, that the traveler might lighten with stories from Scripture the weariness
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Erasmus of Rotterdam
Erasmus of Rotterdam (Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus)The Dutch humanist Erasmus (ca. 1467–1536) was a forerunner of the Reformation and reluctant antagonist of Martin Luther. After many, scantily documented years of study, research, and travel in his native Holland, as well as in Paris, England, and
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Erasmus, Desiderius
Erasmus, Desiderius (1466?–1536). The leading Christian humanist of the Reformation era, who wished to reform the church through scholarly effort. Educated at Deventer by the Brethren of the Common Life (1475–84), he spent six years as a monk and then attended the Collège de Montaigu in Paris (1494).
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Erasmus, Desiderius (c. 1469–1536)
ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS (c. 1469–1536)The most renowned scholar of his time, Erasmus of Rotterdam was a complex and cosmopolitan Christian *humanist. Although courted by universities, popes, kings and an emperor, this frail intellectual carefully protected his independence. His consuming passion for piety