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Re-Envisioning Christian HumanismEducation and the Restoration of Humanity$
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Jens Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778783.001.0001

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Erasmus, Christian Humanism, and Spiritual Warfare

Erasmus, Christian Humanism, and Spiritual Warfare

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Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism

Darren M. Provost

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the work of Erasmus of Rotterdam and his Philosophia Christi as the recovery of patristic humanism for the Reformation period. Reading the Enchiridion and other texts, it shows the continuing influence of the patristic concept of ‘deification’ in Erasmus’s Christian humanism, which fuels his love of learning and his ideal of a Christian philosophy that combines piety and learning. The chapter interprets Erasmus’s Enchiridion in light of these influences: the spiritual warrior requires piety, learning, and continual access to Jesus Christ, whose wisdom he finds in the Scriptures, and into whose likeness he is to conform. After outlining Erasmus’s philosophia Christi, the chapter ends by drawing conclusions from Erasmus for the recovery of Christian humanism in our current times.

Keywords:   patristics, deification, Erasmus of Rotterdam, early church, Christian humanism, Reformation, theological anthropology, education, piety, spiritual warfare

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