Allix, Peter

Allix, Peter a learned French Protestant divine, born in 1641 at Alencon, educated at Saumur and at Sedan. So highly was he esteemed by those of his own opinions that, in 1670, he was invited to Charenton to succeed the learned Daille. Here he engaged with Claude in the French translation of the Bible. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes drove him into England, where he founded a church, in which the services were carried on in French, but according to the English ritual, and in 1690 Burnet, bishop of Salisbury: gave him a canonry and the treasurership of his cathedral. He died in 1717. He was a man of great learning, well acquainted with Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, and Chaldee, and a voluminous writer. His most valuable productions are,

1. Reflexions critiques et theologiques sur la controverse de l'Eglise: —

2. Reflexions sur tous les livres de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Testament (Amst. 1689, 2 vols. 8vo): —

3. The Judgment of the ancient Jewish Church against the Unitarians (Oxford, new ed. 1821, 8vo): —

4. Remarks upon the Ecclesiastical History of the Churches of Piedmont (1690, new ed. Oxford, 1821, 8vo). In this treatise he seeks to show, in opposition to Bossuet, that these churches were not infected with Manichneism, and had from the apostles' time maintained the pure faith.

5. History of the Albigenses (new ed. Oxf. 1821, 8vo). He also published a translation of the book of Ratramnus, "On the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ," with an essay, in which he attempts to show that the views of this author are contrary to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. To the same end, Allix published (Lond. 1686), from a manuscript of the library of St. Victor, a work by the Dominican John of Paris, entitled De Modo existendi corporis Christi in sacramento altaris; and a little book of Roman Catholic origin (the authorship of which was attributed to the Abbe de Longuerue), intended to prove that transubstantiation was not a Catholic doctrine. He wrote several works in favor of the revolution in England to allay the scruples of those who hesitated to take the oath of allegiance. A full list of his works is given by Haag, La France Protestante, 1, 61. — Jones, Christian Biog. p. 8.

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