Christianopolis (International Archives of the History of by J.V. Andreae,E.H. Thompson

By J.V. Andreae,E.H. Thompson

Johann Valentin Andrere (1586-1654) was once a multi-faceted fabricated from past due­ Reformation Germany. A theologian who was once firmly dedicated to the Lutheran confession, he may possibly but see very c1early the failings in his church and argue for his or her reform; with out being an ecumenicist within the smooth experience, he but favorite many points of the society he saw in Calvinist Geneva, and he recognized the exceptional advantage of person Catholic students. A linguist and a lover of paintings and tune, he used to be the good friend of scientists and an enthusiastic pupil of arithmetic whö held that technology leads either to an appreciation of the wonders of the cloth global and its rejection in favour of extra non secular issues. In his satirical writing he should be ironic and flippant, his rhetoric was once frequently laboured and over­ problematic, yet there isn't any mistaking the sincerity of his outrage at cruelty, inhumanity and injustice. Andrere used to be positive, in that he believed that the corruption and deceit, the luxm. y and deprivation, the hypocrisy, tyranny and sophistry of the age will be reworked in a moment reformation; but there runs via his lifestyles a deep-rooted pessimism or melancholy which makes his willingness to proceed the fight the entire extra admirable. As early as 1618, whereas nonetheless a tender deacon firstly of his occupation, he outlined the 4 a long time of l human existence as terror, mistakes, hard work and horror.

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