Christian Humanism

Essays in Honour of Arjo Vanderjagt


It is a misconception that Christianity and Humanism are in any way in conflict with each other. The present book shows that through many centuries, and especially in the Renaissance, the two stood in a relation that was mutually complementary. The contributions in this volume treat aspects and manifestations of this cultural symbiosis, and they throw new light on authors and texts both more and less familiar. The subject-areas discussed include: religion, history, philosophy, literature and education. The age of Renaissance and Reformation is the central focus, but earlier and later periods are also featured.
The contributions comprise a Festschrift for Professor Arjo Vanderjagt, whose work deals centrally with both Christianity and Humanism.

Contributors are Fokke Akkerman, István P. Bejczy, Alexander Broadie, Chris-toph Burger, Marcia L. Colish, Albrecht Diem, Stephen Gersh, Berndt Hamm, Volker Honemann, Adrie van der Laan, Alasdair A. MacDonald, Peter Mack, Zweder von Martels, Matthieu van der Meer, Hans Mooij, Simone Mooij-Valk, Just Niemeijer, John North, Willemien Otten, Jan Papy, Detlev Pätzold, Rob Pauls, Marc van der Poel, Burcht Pranger, Peter Raedts, Han van Ruler, Rudolf Suntrup, Jan R. Veenstra, and Ronald Witt.

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Alasdair A. MacDonald, Ph.D. (1978), University of Edinburgh, is Professor of English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages, University of Groningen. He has published widely on the literary culture of Scotland in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Zweder von Martels, Ph.D. (1989), University of Groningen, is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Groningen. He has published on Travel Literature, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, and Humanist Scholarship.
Jan R. Veenstra, Ph.D. (1997), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Groningen. He has published in the areas of Literature, and Intellectual History.
"A deeply rewarding exploration of Christian humanism that would be difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere [...] prodigious in both depth and breadth". Laurel Carrington, St. Olaf College. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 1.
Notes on Contributors


Coluccio Salutati in the Footsteps of the Ancients, Ron Witt
Christlicher Humanismus und Liturgie: Heinrich Bebel, Johannes Casselius und Leonhard Clemens verfassen Offizien zu den Festen des heiligen Hieronymus und der heiligen Anna, Volker Honemann
Rühmende Memoria: der Zusammenhang von Verdiesseitigung und Religiosität in der Gedächtnispflege der Humanisten, Berndt Hamm
Religion as exercitatio mentis: a Case for Theology as a Humanist Discipline, Willemien Otten
A Classicising Friar at Work: John of Wales’ Breviloquium de virtutibus, Albrecht Diem


Virtue as an End in Itself: the Medieval Unease with a Stoic Idea, István P. Bejczy
Florentius Volusenus and Tranquillity of Mind: Some Applications of an Ancient Ideal, Alasdair A. Macdonald
The First Christian Defender of Stoic Virtue? Justus Lipsius and Cicero’s Paradoxa stoicorum, Jan Papy
Coornhert on Virtue and Nobility, Hans and Simone Mooij-Valk


The De veritate fidei christianae of Juan Luis Vives, Marcia L. Colish
Montaigne and Christian Humanism, Peter Mack
Humanism and Religion in the Works of Spinoza, Fokke Akkerman
Erasmus of Rotterdam and Late Medieval Theologians on the Doctrine of Grace, Christoph Burger
The philosophia Christi, its Echoes and its Repercussions on Virtue and Nobility, Han van Ruler
Modern Humanism as Philosophical Autobiography: Pretending and Under-standing Selfhood in Descartes and Fichte, Detlev Pätzold


Types of Inconsistency in the Astrology of Ficino and Others, John North†
The Metaphysical Unity of Music, Motion, and Time in Augustine’s De musica, Stephen Gersh
World Without End: Nicholas of Cusa’s View of Time and Eternity, Matthieu van der Meer
Copernicus’ Praefatio in libros revolutionum: Humanism and Scholarly Debate, Marc van der Poel
Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples: Humanism and Hermeticism in the De magia naturali, Jan R. Veenstra


Dutch Humanists and the Medieval Past, Peter Raedts
“Höhere Bildung” im 17. Jahrhundert. Die Schola Carolina in Osnabrück auf dem Weg vom Humanistischen Gymnasium zur Jesuitenuniversität, Rudolf Suntrup
Ubbo Emmius, the Eternal edict and the Academy of Groningen, Zweder von Martels
John Mair’s Dialogus de materia theologo tractanda: Introduction, Text and Translation, Alexander Broadie
Rudolph Agricola’s Address to Innocent VIII, Adrie van der Laan
Solitude and the Inaccessible Light in the Sermons of Isaac of Stella, Just Niemeijer
Anselm, Calvin, and the Absent Bible, Burcht Pranger
The World as Sin and Grace: The Theology of Melanchthon’s Loci communes of 1521, Rob Pauls

All those interested in Christianity, Humanism, the Renaissance and Reformation, textual studies, and History of Ideas, in the centuries between Augustine and Fichte.
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