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Wittich

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] , Christoph (7.10.1625 Brieg – 19.5.1687 Leiden), ref. Theologe, studierte zuerst Jurisprudenz, dann Theol. in Bremen, Groningen und Leiden, wo er die Philos. R. Descartes' kennenlernte. 1650 Prof. der Philos. in Herborn, 1652 Pfarrer in Duisburg, 1655 Prof. der Theol. in Nijmwegen und 1671 in Leiden, schloß er sich der Föderaltheologie J. Coccejus' an. Sein Versuch, die ref. Dogmatik mit dem Cartesianismus zu vereinbaren, ließ ihn mehrfach mit kirchl. Autoritäten in Konflikt gera…

Sartorius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] (Schröder), Jakob (ca.1560 Schönfließ, Brandenburg – 1626 Großen-Englis, Hessen), ref. Theologe, wurde als Pfarrer (seit 1585) in Rietberg 1607 von Paderborner Jesuiten vertrieben und später Pfarrer in Ropperhausen (Hessen). Seine gegen die Jesuiten 1606 vf. »Brennende Fackel« ist nicht erhalten. Ein 1612 gedr. »Kurzer, doch gründlicher Bericht« zeigt S.' Übergang vom Luthertum zum Calvinismus, wobei er bestrebt ist, die Übereinstimmungen aufzuzeigen. Christoph Strohm Bibliography F. Flaskamp, J.S. (AKuG 45, 1963, 313–333).

Placeus

(165 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] (de la Place), Josue´ (1596 Saumur – 1655/56 ebd.), wurde nach dem Studium der Theol. in Saumur bei J. Camero 1621 Prof. für Philos. und Gesch. ebd., 1625 Pfarrer in Nantes und 1633 Prof. für Theol. wiederum in Saumur. Mit den befreundeten M. Amyraut und L. Cappellus milderte er den strengen Calvinismus durch die Hervorhebung ethischer und allgemeinmenschlicher Aspekte, so z.B. in der Modifikation der Lehre von der Erbsünde. Mit Berufung auf Calvin und aus Interesse an der moralisch…

Trelcatius

(148 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] 1.Lucas d. Ä. , (1542 Erin bei Douai – 28.8.1602 Leiden), ref. Theologe, wurde nach dem Studium in Paris und Aufenthalten in London, Lille, Brüssel und Antwerpen 1585 Pfarrer der franz. Gemeinde in Leiden und 1587 auch Prof. der Theol. an der Universität ebd. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Werke s.u. 2. Über T.: A. Eekhof, De theologische faculteit de Leiden in de 17de eeuw, 1921 H.L. Clotz, Hochschule für Holland. Die Universität Leiden im Spannungsfeld zw. Provinz, Stadt und Kirche, 1575–1619, 1998. 2.Lucas d.J. (25.4.1570 London – 12.9.1607 Leiden), Soh…

Taffin

(155 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Taffin, Jean (1529/30 Doornik [Tournai] – 15.7.1602 Amsterdam), ref. Theologe, war nach dem Studium bei Calvin und Th. Beza in Genf 1558–1560 Pfarrer in Aachen, Metz, Antwerpen, Heidelberg und am Ende seines Lebens in Haarlem und Amsterdam. 1571 nahm er führend an der niederländischen Synode in Emden teil und wurde 1574–1583 Hofprediger Wilhelms von Oranien. Mit seiner Ausrichtung auf die innere Gnadenerfahrung und der Beschreibung christl. Lebens als Buße wurde T. einer der Pioniere der Nadere Reformatie. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Vf. u.a.: Des marque…

Vossius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Vossius, Gerardus Joannis (März/April 1577 Heidelberg – 17.3.1649 Amsterdam), Philologe und ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studium der Philos. und Theol. in Leiden 1600 Rektor der Lateinschule in Dordrecht und 1615 mit Hilfe seines Freundes H. Grotius Regens des theol. Staaten-Kollegiums in Leiden. Wegen seiner Kontakte zu den Remonstranten (Remonstration) verlor er 1619 dieses Amt, erhielt dann aber 1622 die neugeschaffene Professur für Eloquenz und Gesch. in Leiden und 1631 die Profes…

Ruchat

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Ruchat, Abraham (15.9.1678 Vevey, Waadt – 28.9.1750 Lausanne), wurde nach Studium in Bern, Berlin und Leiden 1709 Pfarrer in Aubonne, 1716 in Rolle und war seit 1721 Prof. der Lit., seit 1733 Prof. der Theol. in Lausanne. 1727/28 veröff. er eine »Histoire de la réformation de la Suisse« (6 Bde., 1516–1536). Sein Lebenswerk war eine »Histoire générale de la Suisse« (bis 1516), die jedoch ungedr. blieb. Mit seinen auf akribischen Archivstudien beruhenden, aber noch apologetischen Zi…

Witsius

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] , Hermann (12.2.1636 Enkhuizen – 22.10.1708 Leiden), ref. Theologe, war nach Studium in Utrecht und Groningen 1657–1675 Pfarrer in Westwoud, Wormer, Goes und Leeuwarden, sodann Prof. der Theol. in Franeker (1675–1680), Utrecht (1680–1698) und Leiden (1698–1707). Durch G. Voetius beeinflußt, entfaltete er eine Föderaltheol., die stärker als die J. Coccejus' bibl. orientiert war. W. bekämpfte den Cartesianismus ebenso wie den separatistischen Labadismus (J. de Labadie) und versuchte ohne Erfolg, Voetianer und Coccejaner zu versöhnen. Christoph Strohm Bib…

Scaliger

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Scaliger, Joseph Justus (4./5.8.1540 Agen, Département Lot-et-Garonne – 21.1.1609 Leiden), studierte nach erstem Unterricht durch den Vater in Paris, wo er sich 1562 den Hugenotten anschloß. 1572–1574 lehrte er an der Akademie in Genf (: II.) und lebte dann als Privatgelehrter, bis er 1593 als Nachfolger J. Lipsius' auf den Lehrstuhl für alte Sprachen nach Leiden berufen wurde. In zahlreichen Editionen antiker Schriften erwies er sich als hervorragender Textkritiker. Als Begründer …

Pajon

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Pajon, Claude (1626 Romorantin, De´partement Loir-et Cher – 27.9.1685 Carre´ bei Orle´ans), wurde nach dem Theologiestudium in Saumur 1650 Pastor in Marchenoir und nach 1666 Theologieprof. in Saumur. Als Schüler von M. Amyraut und J. Camero vertrat er deren Auffassungen in der Gnaden- und Prädestinationslehre und suchte der Lehrverurteilung durch die Übernahme eines Pfarramts in Orle´ans 1668 zu entkommen. P. hat sich frühaufklärerischer Mittel bedient, um die ref. Lehre – teilwei…

Spanheim

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] 1.Friedrich (d. Ä.; 1.1.1600 Amberg – 14.5.1649 Leiden), ref. Theologe, wurde 1626 Prof. der Philos. in Genf, 1631 der Theol. und 1633–1637 Rektor ebd. Seit 1642 Prof. der Theol. in Leiden und 1648 auch Pfarrer der wallonischen Gemeinde, war er ein Vertreter der strengen ref. Orthodoxie der Dordrechter Synode, der u.a. M. Amyrauts Gnadenlehre verwarf. Christoph Strohm Bibliography C. Borgeaud, Histoire de l'Université de Genève, 1900, 348–353. 2.Ezechiel (7.12.1629 Genf – 7.11.1710 London), Sohn von 1., studierte Theol. und Philol. in Leiden…

Wolzogen

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] , Ludovicus von (1633 Ammersfoort – 13.11.1690 Amsterdam), ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studium in Utrecht, Groningen und Genf 1658 Pfarrer der wallonischen Gemeinde in Groningen und 1662 in Middelburg, 1664 zugleich Pfarrer und Prof. für Kirchengesch. in Utrecht und 1670 in Amsterdam. W. wandte sich gegen den Spinozismus (B. de Spinoza), war aber als Anhänger des Cartesianismus selbst dauernden Vorwürfen mangelnder Rechtgläubigkeit von seiten der Voetianer (G. Voetius) ausgesetzt. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Werke u.a.: De scripturarum interprete c…

Orangeois

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] . Im südfranz. Fürstentum Orange, das durch Erbschaft an das Haus Nassau-Oranien gekommen war, hatte die Reformation früh ihren Einzug gehalten. Orange verlor jedoch im Span. Erbfolgekrieg seine Souveränität, und 1703 erließ Ludwig XIV. dort ein Verbot der ref. Kirche. Die um ihres Glaubens willen Exilierten, O. genannt, ließen sich zum großen Teil nach einem vorläufigen Aufenthalt in Genf oder der Schweiz in Brandenburg-Preußen (Burg, Halberstadt, Magdeburg und Halle) nieder. In…

Rabaut

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Rabaut, Paul (29.1.1718 Bédarieux, Département Hérault – 25.9.1794 Nîmes), schloß sich schon in jugendlichem Alter Jean Bétrine (1718–1756) an und teilte mit diesem vier Jahre lang das gefährliche Wanderleben des Predigers der »Kirche in der Wüste«. Nach dem Antritt des Vikariats in Nîmes 1738 studierte er 1740/41 sechs Monate am theol. Seminar in Lausanne bei A. Court. In den folgenden 40 Jahren seiner Tätigkeit als Pfarrer der verfolgten ref. Kirche in Frankreich (Hugenotten) er…

Sibel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Sibel, Kaspar (9.6.1590 Gut Bardt bei Elberfeld – 1.1.1658 Deventer), ref. Theologe, wurde nach dem Studium in Herborn, Siegen und Leiden 1609 Pfarrer in Randerath (Jülich) und 1617 in Deventer. Als Teilnehmer der Dordrechter Synode 1618/19 vertrat S., der auch an der niederländischen NT-Übers. mitgearbeitet hat, eine gemäßigte Orthodoxie (: II.,2., b). Christoph Strohm Bibliography J. Reitsma, Geschiedenis van de Hervorming en de Hervormde kerk der Nederlanden, 51949.

Tilenus

(150 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] Tilenus, Daniel (4.2.1563 Goldberg, Schlesien – 1.8.1633 Paris), ref. Theologe, wurde nach Studien in Deutschland 1602 zum Prof. der Theol. an die Akademie von Sedan berufen. In der Auseinandersetzung mit P. Du Moulin über das Verständnis der unio hypostatica warf er diesem vor, die Ubiquität zu vertreten. Im Vorfeld der Dordrechter Synode verteidigte T. die Position der Remonstranten gegen J. Camero und verlor daraufhin 1618 seine Professur. Gegen die Presbyterianer hob er den We…

Nymwegen (Nijmegen), Universität

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[English Version] . Bereits im 17.Jh. befand sich in der 1591 durch Moritz von Oranien eingenommenen Stadt N. eine Lateinschule und eine calvinistische Akademie, an der bekannte Theologen wie Ch. Wittich und J. Braun lehrten. Kriegswirren machten der 1655 gegründeten Akademie 1679 ein Ende. Versuche einer Neugründung im 18.Jh. scheiterten. Erst 1923 wurde nach fast 20jährigem Bemühen der St. Radboudstiftung die kath. Universität N., nach Karl dem Großen »Universitas Carolina« genannt, als Gegenstü…

Braun, Johannes

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Braunius; 1628, Kaiserslautern – 1708, Groningen) studied under J. Cocceius in Leiden. After preaching in Zeeland, Delft, and, from 1661, in Nijmegen, Braun became professor there in 1665 and professor of theology and Hebrew in Groningen in 1680. The further development of Cocceius's federal theology by incorporating Cartesian philosophy brought him into conflict with his colleague Johannes à Marck, who accused him, among other things, of Sabellianism (Sabellius/Sabellians). In the work La véritable religion des Hollandois (1675) Braun defended …

Le Maistre Family

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] The three Le Maistre brothers were Jansenist theologians (Jansenism). The oldest, Antoine (May 2, 1608, Paris – Nov 4, 1658, Port Royal), was a successful lawyer in Paris and came under the influence of J. Duvergier de Hauranne, one of the first hermits in Port-Royal Abbey. Known for his piety, Antoine wrote apologies and, among other writings, also a biography of Bernard of Clairvaux. He began a Bible translation that was continued by the youngest brother, Isaac Louis (Mar 29, 1613, Paris – Jan 4, 1684, Pomponne; called Le Maistre de Sacy), who was the mo…

Claude, Jean

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1619, La-Sauvetat-du-Dropt – Jan 13, 1687, The Hague). After studying at Montauban, Claude became a pastor in St. Affrique and, from 1654, in Nîmes. In 1661, he was forbidden to preach after plans to reunify the Protestants with the Catholic Church were rejected by a provincial synod over which he presided; in 1662, he became pastor and professor in Montauban, and in 1666 pastor in Charenton, near Paris. Following the revocation of the Edict of …

Goulart, Simon

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Oct 20, 1543, Senlis, Picardy – Feb 3, 1628, Geneva). After studying law and converting to Protestantism, Goulart moved to Geneva in 1566 and became pastor in the nearby municipalities of Chancy and Cartigny. In 1571, he assumed the pastorate in Genève-St. Gervais. Apart from brief pastoral activities in French congregations, he officiated there until the end of his life. After the death of T. Beza in 1605, he chaired the Vénérable Compagnie des pasteurs for seven years. Goulart was less an inventive thinker than an editor, translator and collector. Hi…

Perrot, Charles

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1541 – Oct 15, 1608, Geneva), son of a Paris conseiller du Parlement, Perrot probably studied law at Bourges; in 1564 he studied theology at Geneva. He served as pastor in Moens (Ain) and Genthod until 1567, when he moved to Geneva. From 1570 to 1572 and from 1588 to 1592, he was rector of the Geneva Academy and frequently substituted for T. Beza as teacher of theology; in 1598 he was appointed professor of theology. Irenically inclined, his demand for toleration and especially for abolishing the mandatory signing of the Formula confessionis fidei by the students drew cr…

Rabaut, Paul

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jan 29, 1718, Bédarieux, Département Hérault – Sep 25, 1794, Nîmes). At an early age, he joined with Jean Bétrine (1718–1756) and for four years shared with him the dangerous life of an itinerant preacher of the “church in the desert.” In 1738 he was formally admitted as a preacher in Nîmes; in 1740/1741 he studied with A. Court for six months at the theological seminary in Lausanne. During the following 40 years of his ministry as a pastor of the persecuted Reformed Church in Fr…

Daneau, Lambert

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (c. 1530, Beaugency-sur-Loire – 1595, Castres). After law school in Orléans and Bourges, Daneau turned to Protestantism under the influence of Calvin in 1560. In 1562, he became pastor in Gien-sur-Loire, and in 1572 pastor and professor of theology in Geneva. He moved to Leiden in 1581, and on to Ghent in 1582; from 1583 he worked in Orthez an…

Saurin, Elias

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Aug 28, 1639, Usseaux, Dauphiné – Apr 8, 1703, Utrecht), was appointed pastor in Venterol (Drôme) and Embrun in 1661 but was forced to flee to Holland from French Switzerland on account of his Reformed faith. There he was appointed pastor of the ¶ Walloon congregation in Delft and in 1670 pastor in Utrecht. He participated in the investigation into J. de Labadie; having a certain sympathy with Socinianism (Socinians), he emphasized freedom of conscience in opposition to P. Jurieu, Influenced by the mystical theology of F. …

Maccovius, Johannes

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Makowski; 1588, Lobzenic, Poland – Jun 24, 1644, Franeker, the Netherlands) attended secondary school in Danzig and studied in various places including Heidelberg. In 1614 in Franeker he became a doctor of theology, and already in 1615 was appointed there to the post of professor of theology and physics. By his Aristotelian teaching he made a significant contribution to the development of Reformed orthodoxy (II, 2.b). His supralapsarian teaching on predestination (Predestination:…

Charron, Pierre

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1541, Paris – Nov 16, 1603, Paris). After studying law, Charron became an advocate in Paris in 1571; soon, however, he entered the clergy and became a successful preacher in southern France, in part as court preacher to Queen Marguerite of Angoulême, and was a canon at Bordeaux. His Des trois vérités (1594), which led the bishop of Cahors to appoint him vicar-general, is an apology for the existence of God against atheists, for the Christian religion against Muslims and Jews, and for the Roman Catholic Church…

Lubbertus, Sibrandus

(160 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (c. 1555 Langwarden, Butjadingen, Lower Saxony – Jan 10, 1625, Franeker, The Netherlands). After studying at Wittenberg, Geneva, Marburg, and Neustadt an der Haardt and a brief ministry in Emden from 1582 to 1584, Lubbertus was appointed the first professor of theology at the newly founded university of Franeker. After receiving his Dr.theol. from Heidelberg in 1587, he wrote numerous works to secure the heritage of the Reformation against the Socinians ( De Jesu Christo servatore, 1611), the Remonstrants (Arminians), and especially Catholic theologians …

Place, Josué de la

(172 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Placeus; 1596, Saumur – 1655/ 1656, Saumur). After theological studies under J. Cameron in Saumur, Place became professor of philosophy and history in Saumur in 1621, pastor in Nantes in 1625, and professor of theology in Saumur in 1633. Along with his friends M. Amyraut and L. Cappellus, he moderated strict Calvinism by emphasizing ethical and general human aspects, for example, in modifying the doctrine of original sin. With reference to Calvin, and on account of his interest i…

Sedan

(225 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] In the Middle Ages, this city in the Ardennes was in the borderland between the French kingdom and the German Empire; in the late 16th century, it became an important haven for persecuted Protestants. In 1601 the sovereign Henri de la Tour elevated a school founded in 1579 to the status of a Reformed academy, with faculties of philosophy, theology, and law. After sovereignty passed to Louis XIII in 1642, its work was increasingly hampered in the 1670s; a decree of Louis XIV shut i…

Roëll, Hermann Alexander

(162 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1653, Dolberg/Mark – Jul 12, 1718, Amsterdam), Reformed theologian. Following study in Utrecht under F. Burman (1), in Groningen under J. Alting, and in Zürich under J.H. Heidegger, Roëll became court preacher in Herford in 1679, and pastor in Leeuwarden in 1680, and in Deventer in 1682. From 1686 he taught philosophy and theology at Franeker University, and from 1704 theology in Utrecht. He was a moderate Cocceian Cartesian (J. Cocceius, R. Descartes), whose theology was based on the concept of conscientia as an innate idea that makes possible God-given know…

Vorst, Conrad

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jul 19, 1569, Cologne – Sep 29, 1622, Tönning), Arminian theologian. Vorst studied with J. Piscator in Herborn in 1593 and in 1593 and 1594 in Heidelberg, Basel, and Geneva. In 1596 he was appointed professor of theology at the Gymnasium Illustre in Steinfurt. He accepted a call to Leiden in 1611. Suspected early on of Socinianism (Socinians), in 1619 he was condemned by the Synod of Dort and expelled from the Netherlands. Along with other Remonstrants (Remonstration), he finally…

Lausanne, University

(555 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] A year after the annexation of Vaud in 1536, the Bernese council established an academy in Lausanne, whose primary purpose was the training of Reformed clergy for the Francophone territories under Bernese rule. Until the Academy of Geneva (II) was founded in 1559, Lausanne was the only school of Protestant theology in the Francophone region, in which theology was taught along with the propaedeutic philosophical and humanistic subjects. At the outset, P. Viret taught theology and K…

Wittich, Christoph

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Oct 7, 1625, Brieg – May 19, 1687, Leiden), Reformed theologian. Initially he studied law and later theology in Bremen, Groningen, and Leiden, where he was introduced to the philosophy of R. Descartes. In 1650 he was appointed professor of philosophy at Herborn and in 1652 pastor in Duisburg; in 1655 he became professor of theology at Nijmwegen and in 1671 at Leiden, where he adopted the covenant theology of J. Cocceius. His attempt to reconcile Reformed theology with Cartesianism brought him repeatedly into conflict with the ecclesiastical authorities. His Theologia …

Spanheim

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] 1. Friedrich, the Elder ( Jan 1, 1600, Amberg – May 14, 1649, Leiden), Reformed theologian. He was appointed professor of theology in Geneva in 1626 and professor of theology in 1631; from 1633 to 1637 he served as rector of the university. He was appointed professor of theology in Leiden in 1642 and in 1648 he became pastor of the Walloon congregation there. He was a champion of strict Reformed orthodoxy as defined by the Synod of Dort, rejecting such theological positions as M. Amyraut’s doctrine of grace. Christoph Strohm Bibliography C. Borgeaud, Histoire de l’univers…

Tilenus, Daniel

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Feb 4, 1563, Goldberg, Silesia [Złotoryja, Poland] – Aug 1, 1633, Paris), Reformed theologian. After studying in Germany, Tilenus was appointed professor of theology at the Academy of Sedan. In his dispute with P. Du Moulin over the interpretation of the unio hypostatica, he accused Du Moulin of advocating ubiquity. During preparations for the Synod of Dort, Tilenus defended the position of the Remonstrants against J. Cameron, a stance that lost him his chair in 1618. Against the Presbyterians, he emphasized the value of…

Mestrezat, Jean

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1592, Geneva – May 2, 1657, Paris), became pastor of the Reformed congregation in Paris after studying at the Huguenot Academy of Saumur and was president of the national synod at Charenton in 1631. His ability to formulate knowledgeable as well as reasonable argumentation on issues of controversial theology, which he amply demonstrated in debates and in publications, made him one of the main pillars of French Protestantism in the first half of the 17th century (Controversial the…

Vossius, Gerardus Joannis

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Mar/Apr 1577, Heidelberg – Mar 17, 1649, Amsterdam), philologist and Reformed theologian. After studying philosophy and theology at Leiden, he was appointed rector of the Latin ¶ school in Dordrecht in 1600; in 1615, with the help of his friend H. Grotius, he was appointed dean of the theological college in Leiden. He lost that position in 1619 on account of his contacts with the Remonstrants (Remonstration), but in 1622 he was installed in the newly created chair of rhetoric and history at Leiden. In 1631…

Cameron, John

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1579, Glasgow – Nov 27, 1625, Montauban) went to France around 1600 and was initially active as a teacher in the vicinity of Humaniora. After studying in Paris, Geneva, and Heidelberg, he became pastor in Bordeaux in 1608, professor of theology at the Protestant academy in Saumur in 1618 and in Montauban in 1624. In the disputes with the Arminians, Cameron defended the Calvinist doctrine of predestination, but modified it by emphasizing …

Nijmegen, University of

(254 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, took the city in 1591. In the 17th century, it was already home to a Latin school and a Calvinist academy, founded in 1655, at which noted theologians like C. Wittig and J. Braun taught. In 1679 the chaos of war forced the academy to close. Attempts to reestablish it in the 18th century failed. Not until 1923, after almost 20 years of efforts on the part of the Sankt Radboud Foundation, was the Catholic University of Nijmegen founded as a count…

Witsius, Herman

(142 words)

Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Wits; Feb 12, 1636, Enkhuizen – Oct 22, 1708, Leiden), Reformed theologian. After studying at Utrecht and Groningen, he served as pastor in Westwoud, Wormer, Goes, and Leeuwarden from 1657 to 1675, then as professor of theology at Frankener (1675–1680), Utrecht (1680–1698), and Leiden (1698–1707). Influenced by G. Voetius, he developed a federal theology, more biblically oriented than that of J. Cocceius. Witsius opposed Cartesianism as well as the separatist followers of J. de L…

Cloppenburch, Johannes

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Cloppenburg; May 13, 1592, Amsterdam – Jul 30, 1652, Franeker) studied theology in Leiden under F. Gomarus and Johannes Polyander, as well as at several foreign universities, notably in Heidelberg, Basel and Geneva. He became pastor in Heusden (1618), Amsterdam (1621) and Brielle (1629). In 1640, he was appointed professor of theology in Harderwijk and, in 1643, in Franeker. The literary oeuvre of this staunch Calvinist is dominated by disputes with Mennonites, Arminians and Socinians. His Disputationes de foedere Dei et testamento veteri et novo (1643) prepared…

Pajon, Claude

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1626, Romorantin, Département Loir-et-Cher – Sep 27, 1685, Carré, near Orléans). After studying theology at Saumur, Pajon was appointed pastor in Marchenoir in 1650; in 1666 he became professor of theology at Saumur. A pupil of M. Amyraut and J. Cameron, he supported their views concerning the doctrine of predestination and grace; he sought to escape condemnation by taking a pastorate in Orléans in 1668. Pajon made use of early Enlightenment tools to elucidate Reformed doctrine, …

Taffin, Jean

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1529/1530, Doornik [Tournai] – Jul 15, 1602, Amsterdam), Reformed theologian. After studying with Calvin and T. Beza in Geneva from 1558 to 1560, he served churches in Aachen, Metz, Antwerp, Heidelberg, and (at the end of his life) in Amsterdam. In 1571 he played a leading role at the Dutch synod in Emden; from 1574 to 1583 he served as court chaplain to William of Orange. With his emphasis on the inward experience of grace and his ¶ description of the Christian life as penance, Taffin was one of the pioneers of the Nadere Reformatie. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Works inclu…

La Peyrère, Isaac de

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (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 th…

Reina, Cassiodoro de

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (c. 1520, Seville [?] – Mar 15, 1594, Frankfurt am Main). On account of his Protestant views, in 1557 he fled from Spain to the Netherlands, England, and finally Frankfurt am Main. From 1559 to 1563 he served as pastor to the Spanish Protestant community in London and from 1578 to 1585 as pastor to the Lutheran community in Antwerp. Later he spent most of his time in Frankfurt. His most important work, a Spanish translation of the Bible, was published in Basel in 1569. Christoph Strohm Bibliography A.G. Kinder, Cassiodoro de Reina: Spanish Reformer of the 16th Century, 1975

Wolzogen, Ludovicus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (1633, Amersfoort – Nov 13, 1690, Amsterdam), Reformed theologian. After studying at Utrecht, Groningen, and Geneva, he became pastor of the Walloon congregation in Groningen in 1658 and Middelburg in 1662; in 1664 he was also appointed pastor and professor of church history in Utrecht and in 1670 in Amsterdam. He opposed Spinozism (B. Spinoza), but as a supporter of Cartesianism he was himself exposed to constant charges of deficient orthodoxy by the adherents of G. Voetius. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Works include: De scripturarum interprete contra exercit…

Valesius, Henricus

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Henri de Valois; Sep 10, 1603, Paris – May 7, 1676, Paris), philologist. After studying law in Bourges from 1622 to 1624, he worked as a parliamentary lawyer in Paris, but from 1630 on he devoted himself to classical philology. In 1634 he published a first edition of several Greek church fathers. In 1650 he was commissioned by the French episcopate to work on an edition of the Greek church historians (Eusebius of Caesarea, 1659; Socrates Scholasticus and Sozomen, 1668; Theodoret of Cyrrhus and Evagrius Ponticus, 1673). Christoph Strohm Bibliography A. de Valois, De vita …

Sibel, Kaspar

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jun 9, 1590, Gut Bardt, near Elberfeld – Jan 1, 1658, Deventer), Reformed theologian. After studying in Herborn, Siegen, and Leiden, in 1609 he was appointed pastor in Randerath (Jülich) and in 1617 in Deventer. As a participant in the Synod of Dort in 1618/1619, Sibel advocated moderate orthodoxy (II, 2.b). He also assisted in the Dutch translation of the New Testament. Christoph Strohm Bibliography J. Reitsma, Geschiedenis van de hervorming en de hervormde kerk der Nederlanden, 1899, 51949 (Dutch).

Quesnel, Pasquier (Paschasius)

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Author(s): Strohm, Christoph
[German Version] (Jul 14, 1634, Paris – Dec 2, 1719, Amsterdam). After studying theology, Quesnel joined the Oratorians in 1657. Ordained to the priesthood in 1659, he became director of the order’s school in Paris. His early Réflexions morales sur le Nouveau Testament (1668; ET: The New Testament, with Moral Reflections upon Every Verse, 1719–1725), a major work that appeared in various editions and was also widely read in Germany, already showed his Jansenist leanings (Jansenism) and aroused much hostility. His defense of Gallican liberties (Gal…
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