Thomas Erastus and the Palatinate: A Renaissance Physician in the Second Reformation

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BRILL, Oct 15, 2010 - Religion - 525 pages
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This study is the first monograph to attempt a synthetic treatment of the career of Thomas Erastus (1524-1583). Erastus was a central player in the conversion of the Electoral Palatinate to Reformed Christianity in the early 1560s and a co-author of the Heidelberg Catechism. In the church discipline controversy of the 1560s and 1570s, Erastus opposed the Calvinist effort to institute a consistory of elders with independent authority over excommunication. Erastus s defeat in this controversy, and the ensuing Antitrinitarian affair, proved the watershed of his career. He turned to the refutation of Paracelsus and a debate with Johann Weyer on the punishment of witches. The epilogue tracks Erastus s later career and the reception of his works into the seventeenth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One
7
Part I
49
Chapter Two
51
Chapter Three
85
Chapter Four
105
Part II
133
Chapter Five
135
Part III
260
Chapter Eight
263
Chapter Nine
339
Chapter Ten
375
Appendix A
419
Appendix B
423
Correspondence Register
439
Bibliography
465

Chapter Six
163
Chapter Seven
211

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About the author (2010)

Charles D. Gunnoe, Jr., Ph.D. (1998) in History, University of Virginia, is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Aquinas College. His publications include "Paracelsian Moments: Science, Medicine, and Astrology in Early Modern Europe" (2002) co-edited with Gerhild Scholz Williams.

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