This book contains the critical text (with introduction and annotations) of Eramus’s detailed, revised answer to the objections brought by the Paris theologians against 174 propositions drawn from a wide range of Erasmus’s theological works and his Colloquies, the Declarationes. The Paris attack was the culmination of a decade of complex and often heated exchanges between Erasmus and the University under the leadership of Noel Beda. The topics include the major (and some minor) subjects which arose because of Erasmus’s own program of theological and religious reform. They also include points controverted by other reformers (Luther, Zwingli and others) with whom the University associated Erasmus. The arguments are multifarious, verbose, complex, and intricate. But the Declarationes provides us with a strong sense of the issues and the rhetoric that prevailed in the momentous clash of scholastic and humanist approaches to the doctrine and reform of the Church.
Clarence H. Miller, Ph. D. (1955) in English Language and Literature, Harvard University, Emeritus Professor of English at St. Louis University, has edited and translated several works by St. Thomas More and Erasmus and published extensively on major English writers.
James K. Farge, Ph.D. (1976) in History, University of Toronto, Senior Fellow and Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, has published monographs about, and edited texts from, the Faculties of Theology and Arts of the University of Paris in the sixteenth century. He has edited a volume of Erasmus’s correspondence for CWE and will publish in 2015 a collection of documents from the Parlement de Paris in the reign of Francis I.
Those interested in intellectual history, the history of religion, Scholastic theology, Reformation polemics, Humanist reform and rhetorical methods, Scriptural hermeneutics in the early sixteenth century.