Skip to main content

du Pin, Louis Ellies


A prolific and influential Gallican theologian. b. Paris, June 17, 1657; d. Paris, June 6, 1719. Du Pin was doctor of theology of the Faculty of Paris, July 1, 1684 and Professor of Philosophy (1693) at the Collège Royal. The first volumes of his Nouvelle Bibliothèque des Auteurs ecclésiastiques (some 60 vols, 16861719) were considered too critical of the early Christian centuries and aroused opposition, notably from J. B. Bossuet and R. Simon. He was censured by the Archbishop of Paris (1693), but continued writing the Bibliothèque, which was put on the Index in 1757. Banished from Paris in 1704 for alleged Jansenism, he was removed from his Regius Professorship, but remained a respected and influential member of the Faculty of Theology. He was involved in the religious affairs of his age, especially in opposition to the Bull Unigenitus. Interested in Christian reunion, he took part in two projects involving other members of the Faculty of Theology: a proposal for union between the Russian and French Churches, in 1717, and a correspondence with the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Wake (17181719).

Besides his historical writings, his main works are theological and biblical: De Antiqua Ecclesiæ Disciplina (1686), Traité de la doctrine chrétienne (1703), put on the Index in 1688 et 1704, and Prolégomènes sur la Bible (1699). He also edited the works of St Optatus of Milevis (1700) and J. Gerson (1706).

Bibliography: p. pierling, La Sorbonne et la Russie (Paris 1882). n. sykes, William Wake (Cambridge 1957). j. m. gresgayer, "Un théologien gallican, témoin de son temps: Louis Ellies Du Pin (16571719)," Revue d'Histoire de l'Église de France, 72 (1986), 67121; Paris-Cantorbéry (17171720): Le Dossier d'un premier œcuménisme (Paris 1989); "Un théologien gallican et l'Écriture sainte: le 'Projet biblique' de L. Ellies Du Pin," in j. r. armogathe ed., Le Grand Siècle et la Bible (Paris 1989), 255275; "Le gallicanisme de L. Ellies Du Pin," Lias 18 (1991), 3782; Théologie et pouvoir en Sorbonne. La Faculté de Théologie de Paris et la bulle Unigenitus, 17141721 (Paris 1991). j. h. hayes, ed., Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (Nashville 1999).

[j. m. gres-gayer]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"du Pin, Louis Ellies." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . 20 Feb. 2019 <>.

"du Pin, Louis Ellies." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . (February 20, 2019).

"du Pin, Louis Ellies." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved February 20, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.