Name: Pierre Bayle, French writer, philosopher and theologian

Date:  1500 - 1799

Location:  Europe



Artist: Pierre Bayle

Confronting Bodies: French government of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church

Date of Action: 1693, 1698

Specific Location: France, Holland

Description of Artwork: Bayle professed that religion and morality were separable, and that athiests could be as virtuous as Christians.

Description of Incident: Bayle left France for the Netherlands in 1685, when Louis XIV's government persecuted Protestants and Calvinists. He became a professor of philosophy and history at the University of Rotterdam in 1685, but was dismissed in 1693. His most notable work, "Dictionnaire historique et critique" scrutinizes biblical figures, acknowledging them as "false when refuted by the clear and distinct perception of human reason." His book was placed on the Catholic Church's Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1698.

Results of Incident: Bayle was allowed to publish a second edition of his book in Holland. There, he was given freedom to express his beliefs and argue with his opponents

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

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