Colloquium of the Seven About Secrets of the Sublime

By (author) Jean Bodin Translated with commentary by Marion Leathers Kuntz

Paperback - £41.95

Publication date:

15 September 2008

Length of book:

592 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271034355

Jean Bodin (1530–1596), renowned for his powerful intellect and breadth of knowledge, was truly a renaissance man. His works on political and legal thought set him apart as one of the most brilliant minds of the period. Although he is perhaps less known for his writing on religious questions of his day, his Colloquium remains a unique contribution to religious dialogue. It circulated in its Latin manuscript form, but it was not published until the nineteenth century. Marion Leathers Kuntz offers the first English translation of this masterpiece. Structured as a conversation among a Catholic, a Jew, a Lutheran, a Calvinist, a Muslim, a skeptic, and a philosophical naturalist, the Colloquium encourages religious tolerance and poses challenging questions for anyone interested in the nature of religious and philosophical thought. Kuntz’s introduction, translation, and annotations situate the volume both as a historical work and as a timeless chronicle of the tensions among religion, philosophy, science, faith, doubt, and empirical evidence.

“Dr. Kuntz’s accurate translation of Bodin’s Colloquium will make this important and practically unknown work available to all scholars and students interested in the philosophy, literature, and religious thought of the Renaissance, and especially in the emergence of free thought and religious tolerance.”

—Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University