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Auguste Lecerf (1872-1943) was a French Reformed theologian. He was born in 1872 in London.
He studied at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Paris. His thesis was on determinism and responsibility in Calvin's system. He was involved in pastoral ministry for almost twenty years in Normandy and for four years was a military chaplain. In 1932 he returned to Paris to become a professor in the Protestant Faculty of Theology, University of Paris. He remained there until his death in 1943.

His main work is
An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics it was translated into English by S. Leigh-Hunt (London: Lutterworth Press, 1949). He also wrote Catéchisme de Genève (1934) and Études Calvinistes (1949).

He was a major influence on two other key French Reformed theologians Pierre-Charles Marcel and
Pierre Courthial. It was Lecerf who encouraged Pierre Marcel to study Herman Dooyeweerd.

Lecerf was the founder of the French Calvinist Society and was editor of its

Excerpts (and short introductions by Kevin Davis) from
An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics are available here.

Renato Coletto remarks in  Traces of neo-Calvinism in France and Italy. Koers,  75(1):149-172:

One of the first traces of reformational scholarship [in France] can be found in the writings of Auguste Lecerf (1872-1943), a man of remarkable personality, from Paris. The third chapter of his famous Introduction à la dogmatique réformée (Lecerf, 1938) deals with “Calvinism and philosophy”. There the reader may be surprised to discover that long before Dooyeweerd lectured in France, Lecerf (1938: 41) mentions “les philosophes réformés Dooyeweerd et Vollenhoven” and shows familiarity with their ideas. Even more surprising is the fact that he discussed the two reformational philosophers before 1938, in a series of scattered articles which were published posthumous with the title Calvinist studies (Lecerf, 1949). Those studies were the object of intense dialogue with the famous French philosopher Étienne Gilson (1884-1978) who argued with Lecerf from a Roman Catholic point of view, in his Christianity and philosophy (Gilson, 1936). With this, reformational thinking was brought to the attention of the “top level” philosophers of France. 


Thomas Reid (2002) 'The heritage of Auguste Lecerf'  Evangelical Times (March)