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II The Saumur Triumvirate: Pajon as Student at the Academy

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This chapter examines Pajon's education at the academy of Saumur, where he studied during the mid to late 1640s. Cappel, de la Place, and Amyraut were largely responsible for making the academy of Saumur into the most renowned of the French Reformed academies in the seventeenth century. Although he never mentions Cappel in his extant writings, he does cite the other two, speaking of clarissimus Amyraldus and describing de la Place as "one of the most excellent theologians in the whole world". The academy of Saumur have been a stimulus for Pajon's view on (im)mediate grace, but none of the professors there were his direct source. Pajon would go one step 'further' than his former professor since, he denied that the Holy Spirit works immediately on either will or intellect, and argued that even the illumination of the intellect occurred mediately through the proposition of the gospel Word.

Keywords: academy of Saumur; Pajon; Saumur triumvirate



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