VINET, Alexandre. 13322



Autograph Letter Signed, to Monsieur Fl. Dulon in Lausanne, asking for a favour in the alteration of the lecture timetables for the coming term, requesting that they exchange some lesson times, and wishing his correspondent a happy vacation. In French. 17 lines on 1 page 9 x 6½ inches, with address leaf, folds, in good clean condition. Chatelard, 12 April 1846. Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet (1797 – 1847), Swiss critic and theologian. As a theologian Vinet gave a fresh impulse to Protestant theology, especially in French-speaking lands, but also in England and elsewhere. Lord Acton classed him with Richard Rothe. His philosophy relied strongly on conscience, defined as that by which man stands in direct personal relation with God as moral sovereign, and the seat of a moral individuality which nothing can rightly infringe. He advocated complete freedom of religious belief, and to this end the formal separation of church and state (Mémoire en faveur de la liberté des cultes (1826), Essai sur la conscience (1829), Essai sur la manifestation des convictions religieuses (1842). Accordingly, when in 1845 the civil power in the canton of Vaud interfered with the church’s autonomy, he led a secession which took the name of L’Église libre.