17) Premare belonged to the group in China called the figurists
(MUNGELLO, 2013; LEE, 1991), authors who have been influenced by Premare's teacher, Father Joachim Bouvet (1656-1730) and who were convinced that the Chinese canonical books hid the truth of the original Christian revelation through figurative and symbolic forms.
F]irst, that the general theory of composition and of reading current in Shakespeare's England is to be found in one form in the contemporary works on logic and rhetoric combined; second, that it is to be found in another form in the work of the figurists
which, surprisingly, treats of approximately the same matter as do the logic and rhetoric texts combined; third, that these two forms, although outwardly different, are fundamentally alike.
5) The Native languages were unaccustomed to the high concepts of Christianity which, though - in the opinion of Figurists
- revealed to the Natives' ancestors eons previously, existed only in vestigial remnants.