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Desiderius Erasmus

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Definition Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church were instrumental to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
  • As Erasmus said, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
  • I am not surprised at this, for at my own university a professor of history—a Lutheran, by the way—used to assemble his graduate students, draw the shades, and commune in the classroom with Erasmus.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
Erasmus = Dutch humanist and theologian whose his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church were instrumental in the Reformation (1466-1536)

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