Hirnheim or Hirnhaym, Hieronymus

Hirnheim or Hirnhaym, Hieronymus, a distinguished Roman Catholic theologian, was born at Troppau, province of Silesia, in 1635. He took orders in 1659, and pursued his theological studies at Prague until appointed instructor in philosophy at the Norbertin College. A short time after he was made abbé of Mount Sion, and later general vicar of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and Austria. Hirnheim is generally ranked among modern skeptics, and most of his works have been placed in the Roman Index. He was a great hater of the Protestant Church, and employed, in common with a number of other theologians of his Church, to combat. Protestantism, skeptical weapons, as he saw no prospect of vanquishing them in the dogmatic field. He died August 27,1769. His most important work is De typho generis humani, sive scientiarum humanarum: — inani ac ventoso tumore, dificultate, labilitate, falsitate, jactantia, praesumptione, incommodis et periculis, tractatus brevis, etc. (Prague, 1676, 4to), put into the Index April 14, 1682. — Jochers, Gelehrt. Lex. Addenda 2, 2018; Krug, Philosophisches Handwörterb. 2, 438; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé 24, 791.

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