- Eusebius Amort
Amort was born at Bibermuhle, near
Tolz, in Upper Bavaria. He studied at Munich, and at an early age joined the Canons Regularat Polling, where, shortly after his ordination in 1717, he taught theology and philosophy.In 1733 he went to Romeas theologian to Cardinal Niccolo Maria Lercari(d. 1757).
He returned to Polling in 1735 and devoted the rest of his life to the revival of learning in Bavaria. He died at Polling in 1775.
Amort, who had the reputation of being the most learned man of his age, was a voluminous writer on every conceivable subject, from
poetryto astronomy, from dogmatic theology to mysticism. His best known works are:
*A manual of theology in 4 vols, "Theologia eclectica, moralis et scholastica" (Augsburg, 1752; revised by
Pope Benedict XIVfor the 1753 edition published at Bologna)
*A defence of Catholic doctrine, entitled "Demonstratio critica religionis Catholicae" (Augsburg, 1751)
*A work on indulgences, which has often been criticized by
Protestantwriters, "De Origine, Progressu, Valore, et Fructu Indulgentiorum" (Augsburg, 1735)
*A treatise on mysticism, "De Revelationibus et Visionibus, etc." (2 vols, 1744)
*The astronomical work "Nova philosophiae planetarum et artis criticae systemata" (Nuremberg, 1723).
The list of his other works, including his three erudite contributions to the question of authorship of the "Imitatio Christi", will be found in
C. Toussaint's scholarly article in Alfred Vacant's "Dictionnaire de theologie" (1900, cols 1115-1117).
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