By Michel de Montaigne
"An Apology for Raymond Sebond" is commonly considered as the best of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on usual theology, it was once encouraged by means of the deep quandary of non-public depression that the demise of Montaigne's personal father in 1568, and explores modern Christianity in prose that's witty and often damning. As he searches for the genuine that means of religion, Montaigne is seriously serious of the conceited tendency of mankind to create God in its personal snapshot, and provides his own reflections at the actual position of guy, the necessity to eschew own conceitedness, and the important value of religion if we're to appreciate our position within the universe. clever, perceptive and remarkably educated, this can be one of many real masterpieces of the essay shape.
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Van ’t Spijker, Vroomheid en wetenschap bij Voetius, Apeldoorn 1998, 33: “Voetius’ sterkste kant is die van een theologische metafysica” (cf. 43). On the positive use of philosophy see also Diatribae, Praefatio, 24–31 and cf. 110–134 (a revised and expanded version of Voetius’s Introductio ad philosophiam sacram from 1651, where philosophia sacra is also deﬁned broadly, cf. the Dutch trans. in Goudriaan/De Niet, ‘Introductio’); see also Exercitia et bibliotheca studiosi theologiae, for instance 26 (cf.
B. Murdock, 85: “But after all, there is nothing that I can with so much Plerophorie Recommend unto you, as a Mastricht, his Theologia Theoretico-practica. That a Minister of the Gospel may be Thoroughly furnished unto every Good Work, and in one or two Quarto Volumns [sic] enjoy a well furnished Library, I know not that the Sun has ever shone upon an Humane Composure that is equal to it: And I can heartily Subscribe unto the Commendation which Pontanus, in his Laudatio Funebris upon the Author, has given of it.
For Voetius on the deﬁnition of theology, see his Diatribae, 2–9. 10 ‘Praescriptiones et antidota generalia pro Christianismo adversus Socinianos’ [I. Deak, 14 February 1635], SDTh I, 434–441, here 439. A. van Andel, De zendingsleer van Gisbertus Voetius, Kampen 1912, 154–155, 172– 175. 12 Voetius, ‘De errore et haeresi, pars sexta,’ SDTh III, 751. 13 Not surprisingly, then, Voetius’s favourite philosophy is not Platonism. 15 Good aspects of received Aristotelianism included, in his view, its “method of teaching (methodus docendi),” its use of the principles of natural thought that are conﬁrmed by ample experience.