Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Le Ministère Des Prêtres et Des Pasteurs: Histoire D'une Controverse Entre Catholiques et Réformés Français Au Début Du XVIIe Sèecle

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Le Ministère Des Prêtres et Des Pasteurs: Histoire D'une Controverse Entre Catholiques et Réformés Français Au Début Du XVIIe Sèecle

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Le Ministère des prêtres et des pasteurs: Histoire d'une controverse entre catholiques et réformés français au début du XVIIe siècle. By Bruno Hübsch. [Chrétiens et Société, Documents et Mémoires, No. IL] (Lyon: Université Jean Moulin-Lyon III. 2010. Pp. 251. euro22,00 paperback. ISBN 978-2-85-317-122-9.)

Doctoral theses rarely have an afterlife. Most theses are read only by a handful of researchers unless they are published by a major academic press, often after substantial revisions. Bruno Hübsch's thesis has curiously found its way into print some fortyfour years after his dissertation defense in 1965.

Hübsch's thesis, Le Ministère des prêtres et des pasteurs. Histoire d'une controverse entre catholiques et réformésfrançais au début du XVIIe siècle, offers an analysis of theological conings troversies between Catholic and Calvinist clergy in early-seventeenth-century France. Hiibsch's research focused on numerous works of religious polemic written soon after the promulgation of the Edict of Nantes in 1598. The study examines the writings of Catholic clergy such as Jacques Davy du Perron and Pierre de Bérulle, as well as those of Huguenot ministers such as Pierre du Moulin and Moïse Amyraut. Texts by polemicists such as Philippe du Plessis-Mornay are also considered.

Theological conferences were popular events in early-seventeenth-century France, often prompting the publication of voluminous polemical literature surrounding the religious controversies. The famous theological conference at Fontainebleau between Jacques Davy du Perron and Phillippe du Plessis-Mornay in 1600 was hosted by Henri IV and attended by members of his royal court. Du Perron and Plessis-Mornay published arguments and rebuttals for some time after their verbal debates.

Catholics and Calvinists debated the theology of the ministry, disputing the concepts of the Eucharist and the Church as they related to the clerical vocation, the pastoral mission, and the practice of preaching. …

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