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La Peyrère, Isaac de
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(probably 1596, Bordeaux – Jan 30, 1676, near Paris). Having studied jurisprudence and absorbed the ideas of Calvinism and late French Humanism, La Peyrère was suspected of atheism within the Reformed Church as early as 1626. In 1656, he attempted to evade the acute threat from the Spanish-Flemish Inquisition by converting to Catholicism and joining the order of the Oratorians. His messianic theory divides the history of salvation into three periods: the election of the Jews as the “chosen people” (from Adam to Jesus), their re…

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Strohm, Christoph, “La Peyrère, Isaac de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12545>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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