Excerpt from Medical Record, Vol. 74: A Weekly Journal of Medicine and Surgery; July 4, 1908-December 26, 1908
In 1640 Cornelius Jansen published his celebrated work on the teachings of the Sainted Bishop Of Hippo. It had a great and an immediate success. In it the errors of the Jesuits were pilloried with the Massilians and followers of the British monk, Pela gius, whose doctrines had been refuted by St. Augustine twelve centuries before. The Jesuits parried the thrust by means of the bull of Urban VIII, which forbade the reading Of the Augus tinus. The best advertisement for a book tlten, as it is now, was to say that it was not fit to read. It had a wide circulation, so they had its doctrines pro nounced heretical by Innocent X in 1653. It was then that the famous Port Royalists, Antoine Arnauld, the theologian, who had been expelled from the Sorbonne, and Blaise Pascal, the philos opher, scientist. And litterateur, and others less known to posterity tried unsuccessfully to stem the tide was sweeping away Jansenism.
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