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The theological principles of Cornelis Jansen, which emphasize predestination, deny free will, and maintain that human nature is incapable of good. They were condemned as heretical by the Roman Catholic Church.

Jan′sen·ist n.
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Noun1.Jansenist - an advocate of Jansenism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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"Yes," replied Conrart, "you have logic, but you are a Jansenist."
This young girl belonged to an exceeding devout family, whose views of Catholicism were due to the spirit of a sect improperly styled Jansenists, which, in former times, caused troubles in France.
However it was, these insignificant disputes gave rise to two parties in the Gallican Church--the Jansenists and the Jesuits.
Diefendorf's "underground community" of Huguenots recalls other persecuted groups --Roman Catholics in England, the Jansenist society of Port-Royal, and the Jews.
The problem of the author and his relation to text and public is particularly crucial for Port-Royal in view of the corruption of the soul engendered by 'amour-propre' and in view of Jansenist unease in contact or commerce with the world in its most social sense.
This book will be useful, perhaps invaluable, for anyone wishing greater insight into seventeenth-century French religion, culture, and society, whether they are interested in the Jansenist controversy, the impact of the new science, developments in education, art, or a variety of other topics that cannot be dealt with in a brief review.
Addressing our reason and experience through concrete comic and tragic illustrations, the irascible but committed Jansenist Pascal posed burning questions about human solidarity in society, and steadfastness in death.
McManners organizes his investigation of official Christianity, or, more accurately, the Gallican church, around the grand themes of church and state, diocesan and monastic clergy, religion within the parish, clerical morality, the Jansenist quarrel, religious minorities, and, finally, the crisis of the ancien regime, in which the church had no small role.
Stephen Nadler, in his interesting discussion of the theodicies of Malebranche and Leibniz through the prism of Arnauld's interventions with each of these thinkers, makes a serious claim for Arnauld as being the most acute critical mind of his time and for his acrimonious debate with Malebranche as constituting one of the intellectual events of the century, although the great Jansenist polemicist turns out to have been as hard on his friends as he was with his enemies.
An austere genius with attachments to Jansenist circles, his musical perfectionism has attracted the attention of the court, but he firmly rejects worldly success.
If one can place Pierre de Berulle as the archetype of a multifaceted movement, his disciples were instrumental on both sides of the Jansenist conflict that weakened and probably ruined the French Catholic renewal.
Kathleen Hardesty Doig and Dorothy Medlin evaluate Morellet's theological articles for the Encyclopedie and discuss the response they were likely to produce in contemporaries such as the Jansenist Abraham Chaumeix.