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Fatal discord : Erasmus, Luther, and the fight for the Western mind, Michael Massing

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Fatal discord : Erasmus, Luther, and the fight for the Western mind
Title
Fatal discord
Title remainder
Erasmus, Luther, and the fight for the Western mind
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Michael Massing
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents an intellectual assessment of the rivalry between Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther that examines their respective characters and belief systems, sharing insights into their enduring influence and proper historical roles in Western tradition
  • "An engrossing dual biography and fascinating intellectual history that examines two of the greatest minds of European history--Erasmus of Rotterdam and Martin Luther--whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought. Erasmus was the leading figure of the Northern Renaissance. At a time when Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael were revolutionizing Western art and culture, Erasmus was helping to transform Europe's intellectual and religious life, developing a new design for living for a continent rebelling against the hierarchical constraints of the Roman Church. When in 1516 he came out with a revised edition of the New Testament based on the original Greek, he was hailed as the prophet of a new enlightened age. Today, however, Erasmus is largely forgotten, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Martin Luther. As a young friar in remote Wittenberg, Luther was initially a great admirer of Erasmus and his critique of the Catholic Church, but while Erasmus sought to reform that institution from within, Luther wanted a more radical transformation. Eventually, the differences between them flared into a rancorous competition, with each trying to win over Europe to his vision. In Fatal Discord, Michael Massing seeks to restore Erasmus to his proper place in the Western tradition. The conflict between him and Luther, he argues, represents not just the clash of two headstrong individuals but also of two distinct worldviews--Erasmus the humanist, embracing the brotherhood of man and the diversity of cultures within it, and Luther the evangelical, stressing God's power and Christ's divinity and insisting that all recognize those beliefs as absolute and binding. Massing argues that their conflict forms a fault line in Western thinking--the moment when two central schools of thought, Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity, took shape. A seasoned journalist who has reported on war and peace, political and social issues, Massing here travels back to the early sixteenth century to recover a story that helps explain our current fractured world--a moment when the introduction of new ways of reading the Bible set loose social and cultural forces that helped shatter the millennial unity of Christendom and whose echoes still resound. Massing concludes that Europe has gravitated toward a form of Erasmian humanism, while America has been shaped by Luther-inspired individualism."--Jacket
Biography type
collective biography
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YDX
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Massing, Michael
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Erasmus, Desiderius
  • Luther, Martin
  • Erasmus, Desiderius
  • Luther, Martin
  • Erasmus, Desiderius
  • Luther, Martin
  • Reformation
  • Europe
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • RELIGION
  • Reformation
  • Europe
  • Reformation
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Fatal discord : Erasmus, Luther, and the fight for the Western mind, Michael Massing
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 829-954) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Early struggles. The new Europe ; Miner's son ; Candlelight studies ; Penance and dread ; Breakthrough ; The vow in the storm -- Part II. Discoveries. Back to the Fathers ; Angry with God ; Renaissance tour ; Self-righteous Jews ; A blueprint for Europe ; The gate to paradise ; Annus mirabilis ; A friar's cry -- Part III. Rumblings. For the want of Greek type ; A drunken German ; Unbridled ; Onto the world stage ; Uncommitted ; The great debate ; The viper strikes ; Thunderclaps ; Bonfires ; Faith and fury ; Will he come? ; Judgment at Worms -- Part IV. Agitation. The martyr's crown ; Outlaw ; Was nowhere safe? ; Satan falls upon the flock ; The Pope of Wittenberg ; The new gospel spreads ; True Christian warfare ; A shower of stones -- Part V. Rupture. The gospel of discontent ; Uprising ; The murdering hordes ; Fatal dissension ; Invasion by scripture ; Vandals ; The crack-up ; Madness ; Enemies of Christ -- Aftermath: Erasmus ; Aftermath: Luther
Control code
972266768
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 987 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060517601
Lccn
2017051782
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 505, 520
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)972266768
Label
Fatal discord : Erasmus, Luther, and the fight for the Western mind, Michael Massing
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 829-954) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Early struggles. The new Europe ; Miner's son ; Candlelight studies ; Penance and dread ; Breakthrough ; The vow in the storm -- Part II. Discoveries. Back to the Fathers ; Angry with God ; Renaissance tour ; Self-righteous Jews ; A blueprint for Europe ; The gate to paradise ; Annus mirabilis ; A friar's cry -- Part III. Rumblings. For the want of Greek type ; A drunken German ; Unbridled ; Onto the world stage ; Uncommitted ; The great debate ; The viper strikes ; Thunderclaps ; Bonfires ; Faith and fury ; Will he come? ; Judgment at Worms -- Part IV. Agitation. The martyr's crown ; Outlaw ; Was nowhere safe? ; Satan falls upon the flock ; The Pope of Wittenberg ; The new gospel spreads ; True Christian warfare ; A shower of stones -- Part V. Rupture. The gospel of discontent ; Uprising ; The murdering hordes ; Fatal dissension ; Invasion by scripture ; Vandals ; The crack-up ; Madness ; Enemies of Christ -- Aftermath: Erasmus ; Aftermath: Luther
Control code
972266768
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 987 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060517601
Lccn
2017051782
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 505, 520
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)972266768

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