One of the most important figures of the 16th century, Desiderius Erasmus was a leading reformist and Renaissance humanist. Through his works and letters. A book called in Latin Enchiridion militis Christiani, and in English The manual of the Christian knight. by Erasmus, Desiderius, d. Originally published as part of: Lucubratiunculae, Antwerp, First published separately Leipzig,
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By this property thou perceivest the difference between the doctrine of God and the doctrine of man. The one was red, high coloured and rough with hair: And I suppose that nothing pertaineth so much to the discipline of this war than that thou surely know, and presently have recorded and exercised in thy mind alway with what kind of armour or weapons thou oughtest to fight, and against what enemies thou must encounter and joust.
Handbook of a Christian Knight
Remember also on enchiridioh other side how present how ready at hand thou hast help and succour. Which commonalty for as much as it is made of sundry kinds of men gathered together, which be of diverse and contrary appetites: If that seem bitter, if thy mind rise against it, christizni doubtest thou yet but that the mouth of the soul is out of taste, and infected with some disease?
For certainly we so greatly excel not all other kinds of brute beasts in perfectness of body, but that we in all his natural gifts are found to them inferiors. That which is carnal cometh first, but the spiritual thing is ever best.
But I desire even with all my heart, and I doubt not but so do all that be very good men, that the religion of the Gospel should be so pleasant to every man that they being contented therewith, should not desire the religion of black monks or grey friars. The confidence in ourselves is most pernicious. But in earnest I pray you commend me heartily both unto them and unto Ruferus and the rest of my friends.
The difficulty of holy scripture. If a man were so armed with all virtues that he might be wounded with no dart of adversity or fortune, saying also no outward goods of fortune nor outward gifts of nature be required necessarily unto felicity but the testimony of conscience inward to be sufficient,though both agree in this that we ought to live after reason, and not after affections.
Moreover from the bank of the brook of holy scripture thou must gather five stones, which peradventure be the five words of Paul, which he speaketh in knowledge.
Handbook of a Christian Knight | work by Erasmus |
Of the interpreters of scripture, choose them above all other that go farthest from the letter, which chiefly next after Paul be Origene, Ambrose, Jerom and Augustyne. Old earthly Adam betokeneth appetites or affections. She giveth milk to them that be infants in Christ, weak meat to feeble stomachs. If we be moved with magnifical and high Edition: In times past, as I said, a religious life was nothing but a solitary life.
A true christian man must despise the mikitis of worldly men.
Those which be in the first circle next to the centre that is to say next to Christ as priests, bishops, cardinals, popes, and such to whom it belongeth to follow the Lamb whithersoever he shall go, let them embrace and hold fast that most pure part, and so far forth as they may let them communicate and plenteously give the same unto their next neighbours.
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Erasmus Enchiridion Militis Christiani, an English Version
Oh what foolish kind of wisdom and clean out of order is this in trifles and things of no value, yea to filthiness only to be clear witted, ware and expert: And the zeal of him saith scripture shall take Edition: Did not he smite the forehead of our adversary as it had been with stones fetched out of the brook when he answered him in time of temptation with words of scripture.
This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat And the prophet Ozee married an harlot, and of her had children not for himself, but for the Lord of Sabaoth and the holy fornication of the prophet augmented the household of God.
And if he be our ,ilitis may destroy encuiridion, both because that we stand on their side which only can never agree with God, for how can light and darkness agree?
The rebellion of nature is to be imputed to no man. Thou hast never less need to fear than when he assaulteth thee with open war. They will not that those that thirst and desire righteousness do drink of the pure liquor, but they bring them unto their old worn and all too trodden cisterns, which have broken stones and mortar, but water they have none.
Moreover the kind of religious men is accompanied most commonly besides other enormities with superstition, pride, christiain, and backbiting.
We arm our body, because we would have no need to fear the dagger or privy murderer of the thief. What is brought, what is read, what is decreed or Enchirkdion Poets feign Nechiridion to have made men of clay and through help of Pallas to put life in them and portion of everybeast as the fierceness of the lion, the wiliness of the fox, the fearfulness of the hare and so of other beasts.
Oh wretch that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death? If ye shall, walking in the spirit, mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live.