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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Auguste Lecerf (1872-1943)

Auguste Lecerf was a French Reformed theologian. He was born in 1872 in London.
He studied at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Paris. His thesis was on determinism and responsibility in Calvin's system. He was involved in pastoral ministry for almost twenty years in Normandy and for four years was a military chaplin. In 1932 he returned to Paris to become professor in the Protestant Faculty of Theology, University of Paris. He remained there until his death in 1943.

His main work is An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics it was translated into English by André Schlemmer (London: Lutterworth Press, 1949). He also wrote Catéchisme de Genève (1934) and Études Calvinistes (1949).

He was a major influence on two other key French Reformed theologians Pierre-Charles Marcel and Pierre Courthial. It was Lecerf who encouraged Marcel to study Herman Dooyeweerd.

Lecerf was the founder of the French Calvinist Society and was editor of its Bulletin.

Excerpts (and short introductions by Kevin Davis) from An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics are available here.

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