SAURIN, JACQUES, 1677-1730.
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER 110
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CITATION: Jacques Saurin Sermons, MSS 110, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
Jacques Saurin was born on January 6, 1677 in Nimes France. In 1685 his father, who was a Protestant, fled the country when the Edict of Nantes was revoked. Saurin became a Catholic priest and preached with some success in Montpellier. In 1700 he traveled to Holland. A year later he pastored a "wallon" church in London and served as a chaplain for a regiment of soldiers stationed in England. After a brief period (approximately four years) he gave up his military career and returned to Geneve to complete his theological studies.
During his time in Geneve, Saurin had a conversion experience and became a prominent minister within the Reformed Church of France. He lived in England for a brief time, but his primary ministry was at the Hague where he was the pastor of the French Reformed Church for twenty-five years. Saurin gained distinction as an eloquent preacher. A number of his sermons have been collected and translated into English.
This volume consists of English translations by H.F. Evans of three
sermons that were preached as a series titled "On the Delay of Conversion."
The sermons are based on the text of Isaiah 55:6 and on Saurin's conversion
from the Catholic religion to the Reformed Church of France. Dates present
on the title page indicate that the sermons were preached or printed in
1712 and translated by Evans in 1792.