Jacques Maury

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Jacques Maury est mort le jour de la résurrection, dimanche de Pâques.

Normalement j’aurais dû passer la semaine passée à Boulogne Billancourt à Paris avec un de mes fils et sa conjointe pour rencontrer notre neuvième petit enfant (une fille – la quatrième!) et peut être avec Françoise Florentin-Smyth, lui rendre visite. Une seconde édition du livre à propos de son père Pierre est sortie l’an passé.
Je suis très reconnaissant de son soutien pour mon projet.
Il m’a écrit en juin 2017 pour me dire (entre autres) que je
« lui avait permis de revivre bien des souvenirs de sa jeunesse » !
It was a privilege to meet Jacques in 2013. He wrote to me several times after the publication of my book of translations of three of his father’s works notably ‘Election and Faith‘, which had a big impact on the thought of Karl Barth. I should have spent last week in Paris and was hoping to catch up with him.
In a letter he wrote in June 2017, he mentioned a friend Professor Henry Mottu (Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva) (https://www.unige.ch/theologie/faculte/collaborateurs/professeurs-honoraires/mottu/ ) who said after reading the first edition of ‘Election, Barth, and the French Connection‘ that the book was ‘truly useful for healing the anxieties still often expressed today regarding predestination’.
Like his father, Jacques left his stamp on French Protestantism in a particularly winsome way. He remained faithful to the end.

“Mais le sentier des justes est comme la lumiere resplendissante qui va croissant jusqu’à ce que le plein jour soit etabli”. (Proverbes 4:18)

See this World Council of Churches tribute to Jacques: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-remembers-life-wisdom-of-rev-jacques-maury?

 

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