Erasmus of Rotterdam : Religious Reformer, Revolutionary or Reactionary?
Erasmus's great erudition in classical and Christian writing, his civility, and his stress on reform of the Catholic Church as well as a network of contacts made him a respected and admired figure in progressive circles of his age. Erasmus's fame was great as long as Church reform was a dream rather than reality. However, his moderate, "liberal" attitude did not serve him well when the time had come to take side in a mortal struggle between the reformers and the defenders of the Church. He then became a hated figure for the Protestants and the Catholics. (original abstract)
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