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Irenicism

(from the Greek eirene meaning ‘peace’)

 

An attempt to instil peace, calm and reconciliation among Christians.

 

Comenius’ irenicism was directed against force in general. He stood against the ignorance, hatred and cruelty of people among themselves. He took part in person in the peace negotiations at Breda in 1667 which marked the end of a war between England and the Dutch Republic, and it was here that he presented his proposal for the calling of an ecumenical council which was establish a collegium lucis or college of light Every year, this college was to send its collaborators out into the world to announce the conclusions that its negotiations had reached.

 

Bibliography:

Nováková, Julie: Komenský – dnes především; irénik. Studia Comeniana et Historica, 23, 1981, pp100-108.

 



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