A sect of Christians, who held the doctrines of Cornelius
Jansen, Bishop of Ypres, in France. Jansen professed to have formulated
the teaching of Augustine, A.D. 1640, which resembled Calvinism in many
respects. He taught the doctrines of “irresistible grace,” “original
sin,” and the “utter helplessness of the natural man to turn to God.” Louis XIV. took part against them, and they were put down by Pope
XI., in 1705, in the famous bull called Unigenitus (q.v.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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