“In regione caecorum rex est luscus.”
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” And for a season, Erasmus was, indeed, the one-eyed king of philosophy, theology and
letters. His translation of the New Testament and his Praise of Folly are as responsible as the Wittenberg door for what followed. While his most famous book may have “laid the egg that hatched the Reformation,” it was his work on the texts of the Scriptures that opened men’s eyes. Sadly, the one-eyed king could not bring himself to follow.
For years, I’ve wanted someone to explain what might have been going on with Michelangelo and religion. While Simonetta Carr sheds light on his interactions with the early Reformation movements, she does so without succumbing to the urge to clean him up for company. His story is engaging, but unvarnished in Carr’s capable hands.
We’ve included missionary Adoniram Judson in this, as well as a charitable introduction to the occasionally mystical Comenius, whose theories of Christian education have currency even today. The good thing about biography is that we see people in context, taking into consideration the pressures and currents of their times. Let us hope that future generations will afford us the same courtesy, turning a soft eye to our flaws and taking firm hold only of that which is refined by the fire.
On the Cover
Delphic Sibyl (detail), by Michelangelo, c. 1509
The Apr-Jun 2016 issue includes these articles:
- Comenius: Pastor, Philosopher, Pedagogue
- Erasmus: God’s Unwitting Pre-Reformer
- Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life