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September 2, 2017

Who Knew He Would Have Such Influence On The World ?…

Filed under: GOUDA,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In Gouda’s  “Tuin van het Willem Vroesenhuys” (Garden of the Willem Vroesenuys) I found another of the “Erasmus “Kind van Gouda” (Child of Gouda) information boards, this one being labelled as “Erasmus board No.5′.

From it I find out that: “Desiderius Erasmus (ca. 1467-1536) the great sixteenth century thinker and writer, although often associated with  the city of Rotterdam,  spent a great deal of his youth in Gouda.

Erasmus is one of the most famous Dutchmen in the world. Erasmus wrote many works on reforming the Roman Catholic Church, which he felt had strayed from it’s origional teachings.

However, unlike Luther and Calvin who started the reformation, he never wanted to leave the church. In addition to his humanist works, he wrote about many other topics.

“The Praise of Folly” is still his best-known work. He collected over 4000 European sayings and proverbs in “Adagia” and wrote many comic dialogues about the morals and habits of his time.”

Erasmus was a gifted and amazing man, one for all his accomplishments declined honours, profitable positions and distinctions, holding the view that “outward signs were not important; what mattered is the believer’s direct relationship with God’. I had known a small amount about Erasmus before these particular visits to Gouda, here I learned a great deal more and am more impressed the more I learn. Mankind is lucky if it produces people of this caliber every so often, little could Erasmus have known that he would be one such, and have such influence on the world.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Erasmus / the Netherlands
Wikipedia / Erasmus / ‘The Praise of Folly’
Wikipedia / Renaissance humanism

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