After his own struggle about justification, Luther recognized that it is through Christ that people regain their full humanity: "I am afraid, however, that he [Erasmus] does not advance the cause of Christ and the grace of God sufficiently In their early correspondence, Luther expressed boundless admiration for all Erasmus had done in the cause of a sound and reasonable Christianity and urged him to join the Lutheran party.
With it Erasmus challenged common assumptions, painting the clergy as educators who should share the treasury of their knowledge with the laity.
Inhe began his work on this Latin New Testament. He believed that his work so far had commended itself to the best minds and also to the dominant powers in the religious world.
The Humanists were a different breed of scholar than their Scholastic fore bearers. Writings[ edit ] Erasmus wrote both on ecclesiastic subjects and those of general human interest.
Religious toleration[ edit ] Certain works of Erasmus laid a foundation for religious toleration and ecumenism.