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 De la vertu des payens
(1,806 words)

‘On the virtue of pagans’

François de La Mothe Le Vayer

Date: 1642

Original Language: French


This 374-page treatise, commissioned by and dedicated to Cardinal Richelieu, attempts to investigate whether pre-Christian pagans who did not receive divine illumination could have been virtuous. The question concerns a long-standing debate within Christian theology about the consequences of the Fall. St Augustine (354-430) claimed that h…

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Matytsin, Anton, “ De la vertu des payens”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>

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