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Author QuotedDesiderius Erasmus
Title QuotedRatio Verae Theologiae
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/07/19
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1519
QuotationI am halfway through the Ratio Verae Theologiae of Erasmus, loving the clarity of his style, his taste, his good sense, his faith, his Evangelical teaching. If there had been no Luther, Erasmus would be one of the greatest doctors of the Church-officially I mean. He is perhaps anyway, though he is very simple. I like his directness and his courage. These qualities were all canonized in [Thomas] More. Humble Erasmus is content to be sainted in his friend. But that's it: how can one be anything but a friend to such men?
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 340
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