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Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) was one influential guy. He was probably one of the biggest reasons that the Reformation happened in the first place. But why is this important? Well, that's what I'm going to tell you now.

Impact on ReformationEdit

A common saying is that "Erasmus laid the egg that Luther hatched." The reasoning behind this statement is that Erasmus had some very important ideas, writings, and beliefs that really changed the Reformation, most notably his book "The Praise of Folly." Pretty much, the book was a satirical work criticizing the Catholic church at the time and calling for a return to simple Christian goodness. His stoic beliefs and calls for reform were very essential to everything that the Reformation had to do with.


  • Erasmus had very important ideas about the church and corruption.
  • The Praise of Folly was another very influential book, calling for a return to simple Christian goodness and criticizing the church.
  • Erasmus helped Luther a lot.