Continuing from part one on The Praise of Folly (1509) with guest Nathan Gilmour.
Can foolishness actually make us more prudent, which sounds like its opposite? Well, having the wisdom to avoid all trouble keeps us from getting experience that would be helpful in acting more wisely in the long run.
Erasmus (speaking with the voice of Folly) claims that foolishness in some measure is essential for getting along in the world, being creative, and performing great deeds.
At the same time, the second part of the text is a straightforward critique of Catholic theologians: their arrogance, wealth, superficiality, theatricality, and other un-Christian characteristics.
Wes and Nathan mention Michael Massing’s Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind.