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VIII Conclusions

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The debates surrounding Pajon's doctrine no doubt constitute the greatest disturbance internal to the French Protestant world of the mid to late seventeenth century. Although the term 'Pajonism', which its opponents already used during Pajon's own lifetime, was obviously derived from his name as an indication for its source, he was not the originator of this doctrine. When Pajon wrote in favor of mediate grace, he in contrast to Testard did so in works whose sole purpose was to argue this specific doctrine that was fiercely resisted by most of his colleagues. The 'rationalism' of Testard and Pajon can best be considered as an insistence on the universal accessibility of the rationality of the gospel message. The more significant and, perhaps, more interesting aspects of Pajon's view on the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion would actually become visible during the second Pajonist controversy.

Keywords: Cameron; Holy Spirit; Pajon's doctrine; rationalism; Testard

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