Christian Renoux

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Christian Renoux
C. Renoux à l'UNESCO.JPG
Renoux at UNESCO (2008)
Born 1960
Versailles, France
Academic background
Alma mater École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud
Ecole française de Rome
Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Marc Bloch University
Academic work
Discipline History, Religion, Nonviolence
Institutions University of Orléans

Christian Renoux is a French historian and an activist for nonviolence.

Education and teaching[edit]

Born in 1960, he is alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud (1982), agrégé in History (1984), alumnus of the Ecole française de Rome, the French Historical Institute of Rome (1992-1995), doctor in Early modern History of the Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University (1996) and graduated in Catholic theology from the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg.

Since 1998, he has been associate professor of Early modern History at the University of Orléans (France), where is also teaching the History of Religions and the History of Nonviolence.


His research work is about the history of canonization and of sainthood in the Early Modern Times and about the history of Female Mystics in the 17th century. He is also interested in the history of demoniacal possession in the same period.

He published an history of the Peace Prayer attributed to saint Francis of Assisi ("Lord, make me an instrument of your peace"), in which he demonstrated that this text, well known as the Prayer of Saint Francis and become in half a century one of the most famous worldwide prayers, appeared, anonymously, in 1912, in France, and has been wrongly attributed to saint Francis around 1925.

Commitments for peace and nonviolence[edit]

A conscientious objector, he served during his obligatory civilian service (1985–87) at the Cahiers de la Réconciliation, magazine of the MIR, French branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). He was editor of this magazine from 1987 to 2006. He has been member of MIR France national committee since 1987 and was MIR France co-president from 1994 to 2004. He was member of IFOR Steering Committee from 1996 to 2000.

Since November 2000, he has been the MIR France representative to the National Committee and president of the French Coalition for the Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence (2001–10), which became in April 2011 the Coalition for the Education for Nonviolence and Peace.

Since June 2003, he has been the representative of the French Coalition to the International Committee and president of the International Coalition for the Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence (2001–10), which became in April 2011 the International Network for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.


  • Christian Renoux, La prière pour la paix attribuée à saint François: une énigme à résoudre, Paris, Éditions franciscaines, 2001, 210 p. (French)
  • Christian Renoux, La preghiera per la pace attribuita a san Francesco. Un enigma da risolvere, Padoue, Edizioni Messagero Padova (EMP), 2003, Collana: Memoria e profezia, 180 p. (Italian)
  • Book's abstract: "The Origin of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis" (English)
  • Book's review (Portuguese)

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