Lamy, Dom Francois

Lamy, Dom. Francois a French Roman Catholic priest, was born at Montereau, in the diocese of Chartres, in 1636. He entered the congregation of St. Maur, of the Order of St. Benoist, in 1685, and was in relation with some of the most important men of the time, Fenelon among others. He died in 1711. Lamy wrote largely in defense of Christianity, and against Spinoza; the most important of his works are, Traite de la verite evidente de la religion Chretienne (1694, 12mo): — De la connaissance de soimeine (Paris, 1694-98, 6 volumes, 8vo, augmented, Paris, 1700), the ablest and most celebrated work of Franqois Lamy (comp. the art. MALEBRANCHE SEE MALEBRANCHE ): — Le Nouvel Atheisme renverse, ou refutation du systime de Spinosa, etc. (Anon., Paris, 1696, 12mo): — Sentiments de piete sur la profession religieuse (Paris, 1697, 12mo), which gave rise to much controversy — Lecons de la Sagesse et de l'engagement au service de Dieu (Par. 1703, 12mo): — L'incredule amene a la religion par la raison (Paris, 1710, 12mo): — Traite de la connaissance et de lamour de Dieu (Paris, 1712, 12mo); this work, published after his death, is very scarce. Some of his letters are contained in the Correspondance de Fenelon (Paris, 1827-29,11 volumes, 8vo). See Le Cerf, Biblioth. des Auteurs de la Congreg. de St. Maur; Niceron, Memoires, vol. 10; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 29:298 sq.

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