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Dr. Nodes on "John Colet, John Chrysostom, and Christocentric Humanism."

May 19, 2014

For many reform-minded churchmen of the Renaissance, John Chrysostom’s scripture commentaries and homilies resounded with practical relevance for an authentic life and the organization of the Church. His powerful rhetoric and avoidance of allegorical interpretation were also gratifying to those who joined the new humanism as a reaction to medieval scholasticism. Calvin, for example, wrote a detailed preface to what was to be his own French translation of John’s homilies for Christians with or without higher learning. Chrysostom is always listed among the authors preferred as well by the English cleric John Colet, although the secondary literature recycles the same few citations and testimonies. This study presents new textual evidence of the Greek church father’s presence in the educational and ecclesial visions of Colet, who knew little Greek but who read Chrysostom in Latin translation. Passages from Colet’s Commentary on First Corinthians and the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy are compared with Chrysostom’s homilies.