The Praise Of Folly (Dodo Press)

The Praise Of Folly (Dodo Press)

by Desiderius Erasmus
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The Praise Of Folly (Dodo Press) by Desiderius Erasmus

Gerrit Gerritzoons (1466 or 1469 - 1536) was a Dutch humanist and theologian. He wrote under the pseudonym Desiderius Erasmus and was sometimes known as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style. Although he remained a Roman Catholic throughout his lifetime, he was critical of what he considered the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. Using humanist techniques he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament which exposed inaccuracies and raised questions that would be influential in the Reformation. He also wrote The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, The Colloquies of Erasmus which appeared at intervals from 1500 on and many other works.

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ISBN-13: 9781406533538
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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The Praise of Folly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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