To Erasmus, language was incredibly important. You can only convey your thoughts to others properly if you are proficient in a language. But learning a language takes effort. You need to know the rules, and learn as many words as possible. Only then can you say exactly what you mean.
Erasmus was a deeply religious Christian, but he did criticize the church. Ultimately, he says, faith is a personal conviction. The church can guide you along that path, but shouldn’t force you. Faith should be about the source (for Erasmus it was the Bible) and the believer. And faith should bring people together, not drive a wedge between them.
Everyone is a Good Person
Erasmus wanted everyone to become better people, because he wanted people to co-exist. He wrote about freedom, about respect, about peace. Erasmus believed that true progression requires people to discuss their ideas, and to continue to do so. You should be willing to give and receive criticism. Give each other room to think. Ultimately, this will make co-existing much easier.
Erasmus in Rotterdam
Erasmus is Rotterdam’s most famous resident. You see him everywhere: a bridge, a university and a hospital were named after him, to name but a few examples. The reason? Erasmus was born here. In all of his books and letters, he consistently refers to himself as “Erasmus of Rotterdam”. Erasmus is Rotterdam’s pride. Statues, memorials, quotes: this map shows where you can find Erasmus.
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