Not all these quotations bear the weight which Folly puts on them. In particular it is difficult to read Genesis as condemning knowledge. But Erasmus deliberately attaches Folly to a tradition of exegesis with which the Brethren of the Common Life had made him familiar. The wisdom Folly goes on to attack is conventional and worldly rather than spiritual, but she does renew Christ's insistence that his wisdom is folly to the world.
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