Charles De Smedt
Charles De Smedt (6 April 1833, Ghent, Belgium – 4 March 1911, Brussels) was a Belgian Jesuit priest and hagiographer. He was a Bollandist, and is noted for having introduced critical historical methods into Catholic hagiography, so that it became a collection of accounts of the accretion of legends, as well as the compilation of original materials.
He is best known for his contribution to hagiography but also to history and metaphysics. His contribution to the development of a critical approach to History is epitomized in his masterpiece: Principes de la critique historique.
- Introductio generalis ad historiam ecclesiasticam critice tractandam (1876)
- L'Église et la science (1877), early reply to the conflict thesis
- Principes de la critique historique, Bruxelles, 1883.