The Adaptation Theory

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contextual cohesion

Between the great upheaval of the 1500s and the present, only three later ones are of the same order.



I take these (revolutions) to be: the violent transfer of power and property in the name of an idea.



He is far from being “another Christ,” as the Catholic ordination of priests puts it, but he does not need the Roman hierarchy as middleman; he has direct access to God. That top-heavy apparatus, a burden throughout the West, is useless.


adaptation in the physical world

the last thing he wanted to do was to break up his church, the Catholic (=“universal”), and divide his world into warring camps.


adaptation in the social world

Luther was the strong man, Erasmus the intellectual; therefore the good that came out of rebellion we owe to the strong man.

“devotio moder”



adaptation in the mental world

His mastery of Greek, then a new accomplishment, made him a favorite of princes eager for learning, and he became the oracle of the enlightened on all subjects of timely interest.