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Johann Valentin Andrere (1586-1654) used to be a multi-faceted made of overdue­ Reformation Germany. A theologian who was once firmly devoted to the Lutheran confession, he might but see very c1early the issues in his church and argue for his or her reform; with out being an ecumenicist within the smooth feel, he but favorite many points of the society he saw in Calvinist Geneva, and he acknowledged the phenomenal advantage of person Catholic students. A linguist and a lover of paintings and song, he used to be the buddy of scientists and an enthusiastic pupil of arithmetic whö held that technological know-how leads either to an appreciation of the wonders of the fabric global and its rejection in favour of extra religious issues. In his satirical writing he can be ironic and flippant, his rhetoric used to be frequently laboured and over­ difficult, yet there isn't any mistaking the sincerity of his outrage at cruelty, inhumanity and injustice. Andrere was once positive, in that he believed that the corruption and deceit, the luxm. y and deprivation, the hypocrisy, tyranny and sophistry of the age should be reworked in a moment reformation; but there runs via his lifestyles a deep-rooted pessimism or melancholy which makes his willingness to proceed the fight the entire extra admirable. As early as 1618, whereas nonetheless a tender deacon in the beginning of his occupation, he outlined the 4 a long time of l human lifestyles as terror, blunders, exertions and horror.

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That I have always laughed at the fable of the Rosy Cross, and have always attacked the knowledge-seeking little brethren. '64 Montgomery places the greatest weight on Andrere's own statements, treating them as sworn testimony given in relation to his most deeply-held religious beliefs. In addition, he argues that there is a fundamental opposition between the anthropocentric position of the Manifestos and the Christocentric philosophy of Andrere. ' (Brecht 1988:29). 64 Montgomery (1973:1,179,180).

When the representatives of Christianity explain that it is a futile endeavour to give oneself up to astrology and numerological speculation, this means Andrere's complete renunciation of the things he had worked on in his youth. ' (Newald 1951:144-5) This position can be challenged - in Christianopolis there are false and true astrology, false and true numerology, etc. 18 Chapter 1 matches Andrere's other works in Swabian German, but is distinctly different from the German ofthe Fama and Confession.

104 Longevity is also to be found in Bacon's New At/antis, at least among the hermits in Solomon's House. The Sources ojChristianopolis 33 pastime. As NelI Eurich wrote 'Andrere was most impressed with his Italian contemporary, translated several of his sonnets, wh ich were published, and dedicated two apologues to hirn in the Mythologia Christiana. '" lOS The two references to Campanella in Mythologia Christiana are roughly contemporary with Christianopolis. In one of these allegories, discussed below, Campanella is indeed, as Eurich observed, a brother-in-arms of Andrere and his friends.

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