Arnu, Nicholas

Arnu, Nicholas a French Roman Catholic theologian, was born Sept. 11, 1629, at Merancourt, near Verdun, in Lotharingia. In 1644 he joined the Dominicans at Perpignan, and after completing his studies, he lectured on theology at Tarragoua and Perpignan with such success that the first theological chair was given to him. The general of his order, John Thomas de Raccaberti, appointed him in 1675 professor of theology at Rome; but in 1679 he went to Padua as professor of metaphysics. He died there Aug. 8,1692. He wrote, Clypeus Philosophies Thomisticce veridica, S. Thomce Aq. et Alberti M. Doctrina munita contra novos impugnatores (Beziers, 1672, 6 vols.-. enlarged edition, Padua, 1686,8 vols.):-'Doctor angelicu. d. Thomas Aq. Divince Voluntatis in "Summa Theologice" interpres (Romae et Lugd. 1679, 1686, 4 vols.). Several other works of his still remain in MS. See Quetif, Scriptores O. Prced. ii, 703; Wetzer und Welte's Kirchen lexikon, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. (B. P.)

 
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