Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim

Febronius' treatise ''De Statu Ecclesiae'' Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim (January 27, 1701 – September 2, 1790) was a German historian and theologian. He is remembered as Febronius, the pseudonym under which he wrote his 1763 treatise ''On the State of the Church and the Legitimate Power of the Roman Pontiff'' and which gave rise to febronianism. Provided by Wikipedia