By Michael Heyd

"Be Sober and average" offers with the theological and scientific critique of enthusiasm within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries, and with the connection among enthusiasm and the recent typical philosophy in that interval. Enthusiasm at the moment was once a label ascribed to numerous members and teams who claimed to have direct divine suggestion prophets, millenarists, alchemists, but additionally experimental philosophers, or even philosophers like Descartes. The ebook makes an attempt to mix the views of highbrow heritage, Church background, heritage of medication, and background of technological know-how, in analysing many of the reactions to enthusiasm. The principal thesis of the booklet is that the response to enthusiasm, specifically within the Protestant international, may supply one vital key to the origins of the Enlightenment, and to the tactics of secularization of eu consciousness."

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For that reason, new divine inspiration was also highly unlikely in the Post-Apostolic period (or even in the postAscension period, according to some theologians). Miracles, as an attestation of direct divine inspiration, ceased after the times of the Aposdes. Therefore, claims to new direct divine inspiration could by no means be legitimized on the basis of Scripture. The "sufficiency of Scripture", and the "cessation of miracles" were common themes in Protestant polemics against the Roman Catholics.

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).

De Enthusiasmo, thesis V. 55 Spanheim devoted three of the five disputations against enthusiasm to a systematic discussion of these bei communes. In the first disputation, Disputationum AntiAnabaptisticarum Decima-sexta. . De Enthusiasmo, he discussed the various verses which required Christians to "search the Scriptures" and follow only them. In the second disputation—Disputationum Anti-Anabaptisticarum Décima-septima. . De Enthusiasmo, quam . sub Praesidio . . D. Friderici Spanhemii...

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