In this volume, five of Erasmus’ polemical texts are edited: the Apologia on the translation on John 1, 1: ‘In principio erat sermo’, edited by Jan Bloemendal, the Apologia on the text of 1 Corinthians 15, 51: ‘Omnes quidem resurgemus, sed non omnes immutabimur’, editied by Cecilia Asso, the Apologias against Pierre Cousturier, edited by Jean Céard, the Apologia against the allegations of Spanish monks, edited by Charles Fantazzi, and the Admonitio adversus mendacium et obtrectationem, edited by Johannes Trapman. These texts, most of them related to the Latin translation and Greek texts of his New Testament, shed light on Erasmus’ way of working and the theological issues of the time.
Jan Bloemendal, Cecilia Asso, Jean Céard, Charles E. Fantazzi and Johannes Trapman
Public and Private, Divine and Temporal
In this study Natasha Constantinidou considers the views articulated by the scholars Pierre Charron (1541-1603), Justus Lipsius (1547-1606), Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623) and King James VI and I (1566-1625), in response to the religious ruptures of their time. Though rarely juxtaposed, all four authors were deeply affected by the religious divisions. In their works, they denounced religious zeal, focusing on non-dogmatic piety. Drawing on classical tradition and church history, they set out to offer consolation to the people of a war-torn continent and to discuss means of reconciliation. Their responses sought to define the role of religion in public and private. They emphasised the need for lay control of religious affairs as the only way of ensuring peace, whilst circumscribing belief and its practice to the private realm.