Matt. IX. 12.

Memorabili et spirituali hoc Salvatoris nostri dicto viro ingenuo et Doctissimo, D. FRANCISCO PARIZ PAPAI, Parentis Clarissimi Optimo Filio, per [Fratrem *] Doctissimum se salutanti, sui memoriam commendare, affectum testari, et omnia fausta et felicia apprecari voluit

Ruardus Andala,
S. S. Theol[ogiae] et Phil[osophiae] Dr.
et Professor Ordin[arius]

Franequerae A. D.
XV. kal. Oct. MDCCXIX.

 * Mt 9:12: Vulgate: “non est opus valentibus medico sed male habentibus.”

 * The word “Fratrem” was inserted later.


They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Mt 9:12. *

I want to recommend myself into the memory of the noble and learned young Ferenc Pápai Páriz, outstanding son of his eminent father, who sends his greeting through his brother, with this remarkable and spiritual saying of our Saviour; giving proof of my warm feelings, and wishing him all the best and happiness,

Ruardus Andala,
ordinary professor of theology and philosophy

In Franeker, on the 15th day before the calends of October 1719.










p. 129. Franeker, September 17, 1719

Andala, Ruardus ab
(1665-1727), Dutch philosopher and theologian

Ruardus ab Andala (ab Andla) was born at the beginning of January of 1665 in the West-Frisian Burgwerd, a son of the farmer Gerlof Ruurds and Truike Wigles. His talents were evident already at an early age, so he was sent to the grammar school of the nearby Bolsward. In 1677 he lost both of his parents. Already in 1679, at the age of 14 he went to the academy of Franeker, where two years later he defended his dissertation under the presidence of the elder Campegius Vitringa. He learned philosophy, Greek language and theology, with such free-thinking and Cocceian professors as Vitringa, Röell, and Johannes van der Waeyen (1639-1701). In 1684 he responded to four new disputes. In 1687 he attended the universities of Utrecht, Leiden and Dordrecht. From 1688 he was a pastor in Arum and Makkum, and from 1695 in Bolsward. In 1701, after the death of Johannes Schotanus (1643-1699) he was invited to Franeker as a lecturer of philosophy. In 1709 he was offered a post of ministry in Haarlem, but he did not accept it. In 1713 he was appointed professor of theology, a position he kept until the end of his life. He died in Franeker on September 12, 1727. He was a great defender of Cartesian philosophy. He attacked Leibniz because of his concepts of vis activa and substantia. He was the author of several writings of controverse, amongst other against Balthasar Bekker (1634-1698). His oeuvre includes amongst other: Disp. de Urim et Thummin, 1681. – Disp. de Terra et de igne, 1784. – Existentia Dei non modo a posteriori sed et a priori demonstrata, Franeker, 1705. – Disputatio physica, in qua ostenditur, corpus nec in infinitum, nec in atomos dividi posse; resp. Heinsius Boeder. Franeker, 1705. – Exercitationes academicae in philosophiam primam et naturalem, in quibus philosophia Renati Des-Cartes explicatur, confirmatur et vindicatur. Franeker, 1709. – Paraphrasis in principia philosophiae Renati Descartes. Cui subjunctae sunt Variationum aeris atmosphaerici ephemerides a 7 Id. Oct. A. 1709 ad mensem Julium A. 1710. Franeker, 1710. – Syntagma theologico-physico-metaphysicum, complectens Compendium theologiae naturalis … Franeker, 1711. – Dissertationum philosophicarum heptas. De argumento pro existentia Dei a priore. De essentia mentis humanae. De distinctione mentis a corpore. De unione mentis cum corpore. De voluntatis libertate. De immortalitate mentis humanae. De corporum fluiditate [et] duritie. Franeker, 1711. – Disp. physica, qua representatur Cartesius verus Spinozismi eversor et physicae experimentalis architectus; resp. Georg Szoboszlai. Franeker, 1719. – Verklaaring van de Openbaringe van Johannes, Leeuwarden, 1726.

The notes of the elder Vitringa, then Andala and the younger Vitringa follow each other in the Album, all the three wrote their mementos in September of 1719 (pp. 325, 125). At this time all of them were professors of the university of Franeker. At the end of the 1680s Röell was also a professor of Andala in Franeker, but from 1704 he already lectured in Utrecht: it was here that made his note in the Album of Ferenc Pápai Páriz (p. 111).

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