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Writings of Resistance

1, Other Voice - Toronto Series volume 41

Edited and Translated by John J. Conley, S.J.

Distributed for Iter Press

Writings of Resistance

1, Other Voice - Toronto Series volume 41

Edited and Translated by John J. Conley, S.J.

An erudite abbess of Port-Royal, Angélique de Saint-Jean Arnauld d’Andilly (1624 – 1684) resisted the demands of church and state to condemn the Jansenist theological doctrines which the convent had long upheld. In her autobiographical Report on Captivity, Angélique de Saint-Jean recounts her personal methods of spiritual resistance as she and her fellow nuns underwent waves of persecution resulting in exile, house arrest, interdict, and excommunication. Her voluminous theological writings present the theoretical basis for this resistance, limiting the claims of political and ecclesiastical authorities over the conscience of the individual. In particular, she defends the right of women to refuse to surrender their convictions due to specious appeals to obedience and humility.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Report on Captivity 21
On the Conformity between the State to Which Port-Royal Has Been Reduced and the State of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist 169
On the Danger of Hesitation and Doubt Once We Know Our Duty 175
Bibliography 181
Index 183

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