Tilenus, Daniel

Tilenus, Daniel a learned French divine, was born at Goldberg, in Silesia, Feb. 4, 1563, and, going to France -about 1590, was naturalized by Henry IV. First distinguishing himself as an opponent of the tenets of Arminianism, he afterwards enlisted on the side of the Remonstrants. His principal controversy was with Peter Du Moulin, which was carried on with so much zeal that their friends, among whom was James I of England, interposed to reconcile them. Tilenushad, before this, been appointed by Marechal de Bouillon professor at the College of Sedan, but, about 1619 or 1620, was obliged to resign on account of his sentiments. He removed to Paris, where he lived on his property. He afterwards had a personal controversy with John Cameron, divinity professor at Saumur, concerning grace and free-will, which lasted five days. An account of this was published under the title of Collatio inter Tilenum et Cameronem, etc. Some time after, Tilenus addressed a letter to the Scotch nation, disapproving of the Presbyterian and commending the Episcopal form of the Reformed Church as established in England. This greatly pleased king James, who invited Tilenus to England, and offered him a pension. Tilenus accepted the offer, and returned to France in order to set-tie his affairs, but, becoming obnoxious to the people of Great Britain, he never returned. He died in Paris, Aug. 1, 1633. His latter days were spent in -defending the Reformed Church of France, and he wrote several books, the titles of which are given in Brandt's Hist. of the Reformation and Quick's Synodicon. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, s.v.

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