Maxims of the Saints

by François Fénelon

Summary

In 1688, Archbishop Fenelon met Madame Guyon, and came to deeply admire her for her Christian piety. The two of them swiftly became very close friends. However, the church urged Fenelon to condemn Guyon, for her attitude towards mysticism sparked concerns of heresy. Ultimately, Fenelon refused to abandon his friend, and in response to the church’s condemnation, he argued in forty-five points that saints from all eras had held views similar to Guyon’s. These points are the Maxims of the Saints, and Fenelon’s defense serves as one of the earliest arguments in favor of the movement that later became known as Quietism.

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  Born: 1651
Died: 1715
Related topics: Devotional literature, France, Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte,--1648-1717, Fenelon, Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-,--1651-1715, Education of princes, …
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