By Michael Heyd

ISBN-10: 9004101187

ISBN-13: 9789004101180

"Be Sober and moderate" offers with the theological and clinical critique of enthusiasm within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries, and with the connection among enthusiasm and the hot typical philosophy in that interval. Enthusiasm at the moment was once a label ascribed to numerous contributors and teams who claimed to have direct divine notion prophets, millenarists, alchemists, but in addition experimental philosophers, or even philosophers like Descartes. The booklet makes an attempt to mix the views of highbrow background, Church background, heritage of drugs, and background of technological know-how, in analysing many of the reactions to enthusiasm. The vital thesis of the publication is that the response to enthusiasm, in particular within the Protestant international, may supply one very important key to the origins of the Enlightenment, and to the strategies of secularization of ecu consciousness."

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Fanaticorum et Libertinorum. . Patet etiam eos Entkusiastas vocari ob ενθουσιασμός, εκστάσεις, raptus et alia id genus, quibus et sécrétas ac divinas inspirationes affingunt, et ob quas somniis istis sive in Scripturae expositione, sive in dogmatum fidei difinitione, sive in specialium vitae actuurn directione non locum tantùm, sed et authoritatem άνεπεύθυνον esse, aliqui saltern ex iis, voluerunt. "(p. 216). 32 Spanheim cites the story of Thomas Schücker from St. Gallen which Bullinger, as we have seen above, used in his debate with the Anabaptists.

Publico examini subjicit Henricus du Rieu . . 7 Iulii. . (Leiden, 1646), thesis II. 26 The Diatnba Historica de Origine, Progressu, et Sectis Anabaptistarum was an extended version of the first disputation against the Anabaptists, originally defended in 1643. It was published as an appendix to Johann Cloppenburg^ Gangraena Theologiae Anabaptistuae (Franeker, 1645). I have used the 1656 edition ofthat tract, pp. 195216. The full title of the English translation was: Englands Warning by Germantes Woe: or An Histoncall Narration, of the Originall, Progresse, Tenets, Names and severall Sects of the Anabaptists, in Germany and the Low Countries (London, 1646).

213, LW, vol. 40, p. 52; WA, vol. 15, pp. 683-688. "Sed dicis: per quid cognoscam spiritus dei a malignis? Dick: dabo tibi signum certum: 'qui confitetur Christum in carnem' etc. oportet ut oculos aperiamus. " WA, vol. 15, p. 684. 39 24 CHAPTER ONE the epistle of St. 40 The "Schwärmer" ignored these mediating factors at their peril. In any case, for Luther, the "trial of spirits" had to focus first of all on the examination of doctrine, on the content of the message of those claiming to speak in the name of the "spirits", whether they were "Schwärmer", enthusiasts, or Roman Catholics.

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