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He first appears as the anonymous author of a politico-religious Diálogo de Mercurio y Carón, written and published about 14 January 1528. The Diálogo attacked the corruptions of the Roman Church and in fear of the Spanish Inquisition, Valdés left Spain for Naples in 1530.
His first production at Naples was a philological treatise, Diálogo de la Lengua (1535). His works entitled him to a foremost place among Spanish prose writers. His friends urged him to seek distinction as a humanist, but his bent was towards problems of Biblical interpretation in their bearing on the devout life. His influence was great on Ochino, for whose sermons he furnished themes. Pietro Carnesecchi, (24 December 1508 – 1 October 1567), burned by the Inquisition in 1567, knew Valdés at Rome as “a modest and well-bred courtier,” found him at Naples (1540) “wholly intent upon the study of Holy Scripture,” translating portions into Spanish from Hebrew and Greek, with comments and introductions. To him, Carnesecchi ascribes his own adoption of the Evangelical doctrine of justification by faith, and at the same time his rejection of the policy of the Lutheran schism.
Some of Valdés’s writings were by degrees published in Italian translations. Showing much originality and penetration, they combined a delicate vein of semi-mystical spirituality with the personal charm attributed to the author in all contemporary notices. Valdés affirmed the consubstantiality of the Son, whom he united in doxologies with the Father and the Holy Spirit” (Opusc. p. 145). Practical theology interested him more than speculative, his aim being the promotion of a healthy and personal piety. Valdés died at Naples in May 1541. His death scattered his band of associates. Abandoning the hope of a regenerated Catholicism, they left Italy.
*Information retrieved from Wikipedia.org.
ALSO ON THIS DAY
1643 – John Bois, one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible, and a key editor of it; died in Ely, England. He also assisted with an edition of John Chrysostom’s writings. Significantly, he had been able to read the Hebrew Bible at age five and taught Greek at Cambridge for ten years.
1914 – Doctor Walter Lewis Wilson, having heard James Gray preach on the Holy Spirit, goes home, falls on the floor, and yields to the Holy Spirit. He becomes a notable evangelist, founder of churches and a college in Missouri, and will be known as “Beloved Physician.”
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