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.