Pierre Du Moulin (1568-1658), Huguenot theologian
Tait, Leslie Gordon
It is surprising that there is no complete account of the life of Pierre Du Moulin in English, but it is much more surprising to find that none exists in French. Excluding three short Bachelor of Divinity theses written in France in the nineteenth century on various aspects of Pierre Du Moulin and his work, no one has given this important Huguenot any more than casual attention since 1700. One regrets that the Reformed Church of France itself has tended to focus its attention upon a few illustrious leaders in its history and to pass by some of its lesser but nevertheless important historical figures. Outside of France it is true that the French Reformed Church has too often been ignored, and its history has not drawn the attention it deserves from students of Church History. That a study of the life of Pierre Du Moulin is needed is emphasized by a letter received from Professor Norman Sykes of the University of Cambridge. He writes, "To the best of my knowledge Pierre Du Moulin has not attracted the attention of any English biographers or historians, so that you seem to have a virgin field before you in that respect." He goes on to state that to undertake such a work on Du Moulin would be doing "a valuable service to historical studies." It would be presumptuous to call this a comprehensive study of Pierre Du Moulin, for the purpose of this dissertation is to write an historical account of his life. It is not an attempt, for instance, to define carefully his theological system, for a full study of his theology or other contributions which he made will have to be done on another occasion. It is an attempt to record the facts of his life in a complete fashion for the first time.