Between History and Hagiography: Origen in French Jansenism

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In the secolf half othe 17th century, Jansenist scholars show a particular interest in Origen's biography, despite Cornelius Jansen's severe judgment on the Alexandrian theologian and his doctrines given in the Augustinus. While Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont devotes to Origen some pages of his 'Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire ecclésiastique', Pierre-Thomas du Fossé writes a monograph: the 'Histoire de Tertullien et d'Origène' (1675). This paper analyses the reasons behind this particular interest in Origen through an examination of the controversies surrounding Jansenism, taking into account the wider theological context. It also examines the strategies used by du Fossé to deliver to their contemporaries the portrait of an 'unjustly persecuted' Origen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Origen and the History of his Reception
EditorsA., In collaboration with Ip, P.H. Fuerst, Pollmann, K. , E. Rapetti
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • French Jansenism
  • Origen


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