JEAN LECLERC, AN ENLIGHTENED PROPAGANDIST OF GROTIUS' "DE VERITATE RELIGIONIS CHRISTIANAE" by J. J. V. M. DE VET Nijmegen De Godsdienst eyscht, uit haar natuur en aart, Me-stemming, en geen overtuigend dwingen1 The theological didactic poem Bewys Van den waren godsdienst (...)2 writ- ten by Hugo de Groot in his Loevestein jail and printed for the first time in 1622, met with enthusiastic approval from his latudinarian com- patriots. A later editor, the Arminian historian Geraert Brandt, declared that it was read by ,alle verstandige en reedelyke Christenen, geleerde en ongeleerde, met lust, verwonderingh en genoegen" (all sensible and reasonable Christians, learned and not learned, with joy, wonder and delight)3. In the German countries too, where a rimed translation by Martin Opitz appeared in 163 14, the Bewys exercised a certain influence 5. But it only found a really international reading public when Grotius himself made a prose version. In the summer of 1627 it was printed by Jean Maire at Leyden, bearing as a title: Sensus librorum sex, quos veritate religionis Christianae Batavice scripsit Hugo Grotiusb. From 1629 on it had a shorter title: De Veritate Religionis Christianae'. It appeared in numerous editions in several European countries
Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis (in 2006 continued as Church History and Religious Culture) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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