April 28, 2009

Jean Daillé (1594–1670) on Amyraut's Theses

It is interesting to note that Daillé defended Amyraut in a letter which he wrote, presumably around the middle of the year 1635, to one of Amyraut's students at the academy of Saumur. This student had apparently become unsure of things as a result of the criticism directed against Amyraut. At the very beginning of his letter to the student Daillé asserted: "As regards the theses and the book of Amyraut [Brief traitté de la prestination]: it is foolish for people to be suspicious of his teaching and to find fault with it, for in my opinion it is neither false, nor dangerous, nor new." At the end of this rather extensive letter Daillé called upon the student to defend the good name of his teacher "against the loose talk of those who do not know him." Daillé also showed astonishment over the fact that what was now being held against Amyraut had earlier been permitted to pass in the case of Cameron.
Frans Pieter Van Stam, The Controversy Over the Theology of Saumur, 1635-1650 (Amsterdam: APA-Holland University Press, 1988), 38.

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