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He studied at the Protestant Academy of Saumur under Moses Amyraut, whose "hypothetical universalism" had been vehemently contested by Tronchin the elder; he became pastor of the congregation of Lyons in 1656; and professor of theology at the Genevan Academy in 1661, in which position he represented the liberal trend and advocated tolerance. In 1669 he demanded the abolition of the oath that was imposed on all candidates [in theology], not to attempt any innovations in the Calvinist doctrine.
His works were:
- Disputatio de providentia Dei (Geneva, 1670)
- De auctoritate Scripturæ Sacræ (1677)
- Eugene Haag and Émile Haag, La France protestante, vol. ix, P 225.. 2d ed., Paris, 1877 sqq.;
- J. Gaberel. Histoire de l'Église de Geneve, vol. iii., Geneva, 1862
- Charles Borgeaud, L'Academie de Calvin, Geneva, 1900
- Frédéric Auguste Lichtenberger, Encyclopédie des sciences religieuses, xii 234- 236.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Jackson, Samuel Macauley, ed. (1914). "Tronchin, Louis". New Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (third ed.). London and New York: Funk and Wagnalls.
| Chair of theology at the Genevan Academy
With: Philippe Mestrezat (1661-1690)
François Turrettini (1661-1687)
Benedict Pictet (1686-1705)
Bénédict Calandrini (de) (fr) (1690-1705)
Bénédict Calandrini (de) (fr)