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Jurieu, Pierre

Pierre Jurieu (pyĕr zhüryö´), 1637–1713, French Calvinist theologian. He was (1674–81) professor at Sedan. In 1681 in an attempt to preserve Huguenot liberties he published anonymously La Politique du clergé de France; his authorship soon became known, and he left France. From 1681 he was pastor of the Walloon Church in Rotterdam, writing in behalf of the French Reformed Church and giving aid to exiles from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. His controversial works, often bitter and aggressive, were directed against such contemporaries as Antoine Arnauld, Bishop Bossuet, Archbishop Fénélon, and Pierre Bayle. Important writings are the Pastoral Letters Addressed to the Faithful in France (1686, tr. 1689) and Critical History of Dogmas and Cults (1704, tr. 1705).

See G. H. Dodge, The Political Theory of the Huguenots of the Dispersion (1947).

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