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III The Influence of Paul Testard: Education Extra Muros Academiae

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More important and more certain than the hypothesis that Pajon spent some time at Blois under the tutelage of Testard after his formal education at Saumur is simply the relationship of intellectual dependence to which Chouet pointed. Testard's 'rationalism' is best defined in terms of the accessibility of the Gospel's rationality. The chapter examines how his contemporaries looked upon Testard, also in his relationship to Amyraut. In this work, Testard set out his view on grace, illustrated that it had nothing to do with Arminianism, and claimed that it was recognized by the church fathers, the confessional documents of the Huguenot churches, as well as by the Reformed theologians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Pajon is not the innovator who, after Amyraut, pushed Cameron's view to its logical limits. Rather he followed, and developed, the existing 'radical' Cameronism of Testard.

Keywords: 'radical' Cameronism; Arminianism; Pajon; Paul Testard



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