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Christine Christ-von Wedel. Erasmus von Rotterdam: Anwalt eines neuzeitlichen Christentums.
Historia profana et ecclesiastica 5. Munich: LIT Verlag, 2004. 286 pp. index. append. [euro]25.90. ISBN 3-8258-6678-5.
Christ-von Wedel follows up on her earlier examination of Erasmus's epistemology (Das Nichtwissen bei Erasmus von Rotterdam, 1981) with an intellectual biography of the Christian humanist. The subtitle puts the emphasis on the modernity of Erasmus's Christian thought, but the introduction singles out a more specific subject of investigation: "How did Erasmus arrive at the new historical approach, which alienated so many of his contemporaries?" (19, my translation).
Chapter 1 deals with Erasmus's schooling and first publications. Christ-von Wedel shows that the key elements of his thought were present even in his earliest …