Chamier, Daniel

Chamier, Daniel, a French Protestant divine, was born in 1565; studied at Orange; and at 16 became one of the professors of the college at Nismes. In 1583 he went to study at Geneva, where he was ordained. On his return he was made pastor of Vans, and afterward of Aubenas, and some time after succeeded his father, Adrian Chamier, as pastor of Montelimar. In 1596 he was sent by the province to the National Synod of Saumur, and several times afterwards to the Assemblies of Laudun, Vendome, Saumur, and Chatellerault. He gained great credit by his firmness in the negotiations relating to the Edict of Nantes. In 1600 he distinguished himself in a controversy with Father Coton at Nismes, and the next year with the Jesuit Gaultier. In 1601 be became a delegate to the National Synod of Gergeau, and, together with Maraval, went as a deputation to the king to ask for the continuation of the Saumur Assembly; this was refused, but the convocation of an assembly at Sainte Foix was granted, and of this he also became a member, as well as of several succeeding assemblies. Made pastor of Montauban, he also applied himself to the restoration of its college, and continued his labors as preacher and professor until he was killed by a cannon-ball at the siege of that city on Oct. 21, 1621. His principal works are: Dispute de la vocation des ministres en l'Eglise Reformee (La Rochelle, 1598, 8vo); Epistolae Jesuiticae (Genesis 1599, 8vo); Confusion des disputes papistes (Genesis 1600, 8vo); Disputatio scholastico-theologica de oecumenico pontifice (Genesis 1601, 8vo); La honte de Babylon (pt. 1:1612, 8vo); Panstratiae catholicae sive controversiarum de religione adv. pontificios corpse (Genesis 1626, 4 vols. fol.; 2d ed. Frankf. ad M. 1627, 4 vols. fol.); Corpus theologicum, sive Loci communes (Genesis 1613, fol.). See Memoir of Chamier (Lond. 1852, 8vo). — Haag, La France protestante, 3:317.

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