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Peter Allix

(1641—1717) Church of England clergyman and religious writer


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Peter Allix was born in Alençon, Normandy and died in London on 3 March 1717. He was educated at home by his father, Pastor Pierre Allix, and at the Protestant Universities of Saumur and Sedan. After his studies, he became pastor at St Agobille in Champagne, and in 1670 he was transferred to the chief reformed church in Paris, Charenton. In 1683 he was chosen Moderator of the last provincial synod held at Lisy. In 1685, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, he fled to England where he took Anglican orders and was authorized to found a French church for Huguenot refugees. His flight disturbed Louis XIV, who dispatched a special envoy in 1686 with the offer of a pension up to 4,000 livres if Allix would convert to Catholicism and return to France. He refused, acquired fluency in English and dedicated one of his first English-language books, the second volume of his Reflections upon the Books of The Holy Scripture, to establish the Truth of the Christian Religion (1688), to James II, expressing his gratitude for the treatment he and his fellow refugees had received. He was already a renowned theological writer and was commissioned to write a seven-volume history of the Church Councils. The work, however, was never completed. He was awarded a DD by both Oxford and Cambridge. In 1690, at Bishop Burnet's instigation, he was appointed canon and treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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