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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    A masterpiece

    This is surely Erasmus' greatest work. It is funny and still incredibly relevant today. This new translation really does it justice. A recommended read to anyone one with an interest in theology or the Renaissance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    Great satire!

    In this brilliant satirical work, Folly gives a speech in praise of herself. the first 80% or so has a very ironic tone as Folly "praises" ignorance, various vices, and various classes of people whom she claims as her followers (most notably, the Roman Catholic traditions, superstitions, clergy, and theologians of Erasmus' day). The final portion is in a more serious tone as Folly genuinely praises "the folly of the cross" (I Corinthians 1:18) and the accessibility of true faith to even the simplest of people (I Corinthians 1:6).

    The sarcasm was entertaining and thought-provoking, and the final section on the foolishness of the cross was a good reminder of the true simplicity of the Gospel. Even though I would disagree with Erasmus on plenty of theological & sociological points, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Just a word of warning: don't try reading this without footnotes unless you are really up on your Greek/Roman mythology and philosophy and Renaissance theology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    great read

    this book is such a great social comm. of the time period. how he descibes the Catholic Church just makes you so drawn into the book. its is a fun read, as well as something your brain can chew on

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