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VI From Acquittal to Condemnation? Crisis at the Academy

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Pajon failed to appease the Loudun pastors with his "Annotationes" or his "Traité", and so the tensions that had up to that point remained limited to private correspondence were bound to explode in the public sphere. In spite of the pressure under which the academy of Saumur found itself, the decision it took clearly extended support to Pajon, stating that the academic council was "neither able nor required" (ne pouuoit et ne deuoit) to enter into an examination of this work of Pajon. In the end, the "Sommaire" was indeed a failure, and, contrary to Pajon's rather naive expectation, it aroused numerous negative reactions. The academy was satisfied with the way Pajon did his work, and continued to stand behind the newest member of its faculty. The widespread action against Pajon's doctrine of the late 1670s makes it clear that the earlier moderation was no longer thought to suffice.

Keywords: academy of Saumur; condemnation; Pajon; provincial Synod



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