The Reformation

Michael Moriarty

in Disguised Vices

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589371
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728808 | DOI:
The Reformation

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The anti-Augustinian nature of Renaissance humanist virtue, stressing human capacities and promoting glory as a valid end to be pursued, is noted. Erasmus’s enthusiasm for Socrates is compared and contrasted with the views of Zwingli, Luther, and especially Calvin, who draws on Augustine in his condemnation of pagan virtue. He recognizes the morally good qualities of certain pagans’ actions, but argues that the agents themselves can deserve no credit for it. A similarly hardline restatement of Augustine’s position is offered by the Roman Catholic theologian Baius.

Keywords: Renaissance; Erasmus; Luther; Zwingli; Calvin; Baius

Chapter.  5375 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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