Exploiting Erasmus: The Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England

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University of Toronto Press, Apr 9, 2009 - History - 368 pages

Desiderius Erasmus' humanist works were influential throughout Europe, in various areas of thought including theology, education, philology, and political theory. Exploiting Erasmus examines the legacy of Erasmus in England from the mid-sixteenth century to the overthrow of James II in 1688 and studies the various ways in which his works were received, manipulated, and used in religious controversies that threatened both church and state.

In viewing movements and events such as the rise of anti-Calvinism, the religious politics leading to the English civil war, and the emergence of the Latitudinarians during the Restoration, Gregory D. Dodds provides a fascinating account not only of the reception and effects of Erasmus' works, but also of the early history of English Protestantism. Exploiting Erasmus offers a critical new angle for rethinking the theology and rhetoric of the time. It is a remarkable study of Erasmus' influence on issues of conformity, tolerance, war, and peace.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Englishing of the Paraphrases
Theology and Rhetoric in the English Paraphrases
Transmitting Erasmus in Elizabethan England
The Erasmian Perspective in the Elizabethan Church
The Malleable Erasmus 16031649
Constructing the Moderate Middle in Early Stuart England
Erasmian Rhetoric and Religious War
The Erasmian Legacy to 1689
Notes
7 ERASMIAN RHETORIC AND RELIGIOUS WAR
8 THE ERASMIAN LEGACY TO 1689
Bibliography
Index
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Gregory D. Dodds is an associate professor in the Department of History at Walla Walla University.

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