By Michael Heyd
"Be Sober and moderate" bargains with the theological and clinical critique of enthusiasm within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries, and with the connection among enthusiasm and the recent usual philosophy in that interval. Enthusiasm at the moment was once a label ascribed to varied contributors and teams who claimed to have direct divine suggestion prophets, millenarists, alchemists, but additionally experimental philosophers, or even philosophers like Descartes. The e-book makes an attempt to mix the views of highbrow background, Church historical past, historical past of drugs, and historical past of technology, in analysing many of the reactions to enthusiasm. The important thesis of the ebook is that the response to enthusiasm, particularly within the Protestant international, could provide one very important key to the origins of the Enlightenment, and to the techniques of secularization of ecu consciousness."
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41 A generation later, Heinrich Bullinger similarly emphasized the content of the enthusiasts' message. Referring to I Corinthians 14, Bullinger declared that any doctrine preached had to be that of Faith and Charity. If it claimed to be a divine doctrine, it had to conform to what was taught in Scripture. The doctrines and alleged "revelations" preached in Anabaptist assemblies, however, did not meet these criteria. 42 40 IVA, vol. 20, pp. 725-736. See also Christof Windhorst, "Luther and the 'Enthusiasts': Theological Judgements in his Lecture on the First Epistle of St.
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).
31 28 ". . " Disputationum Anti-Anabaptisticarum Decima-Sexta. . De Enthusiasmo, thesis IV. , thesis II. 30 Englands Warning by Germantes Woe, p. 24. The Latin original reads as follows: "Enthusiastae et Ecstatui dicti illi, qui prae aliis inspirationes divinas, ecstases, et sécréta cum Deo colloquia jactant; prophetias suas pro Dei verbo obtrudunt, et eas scripto verbo praeserunt, immo istud ex somniis suis dijudicandum contendunt". [Diatnba Histonca de Origine, Progressu, et Sectis Anabaptistarum, p.
Be Sober and Reasonable. The Critique of Enthusiasm in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries by Michael Heyd