His polemic skill earned for him the title of the "Column of the Portico."
To this period belongs his first crude literary effort, a polemic against a Genevese pastor who had criticized Rousseau.
During these years the religious and political ideas of the Reformation were rapidly gaining ground, and, aided by a vigorous and violent polemic literature, opposition to Rome was growing on every side.
Secondly, it contains no polemic against Christianity, to the doctrines of which, in fact, there is no allusion.
Its polemic against the philosophy of experience has exposed it to general misunderstanding, as though it claimed some a priori path to truth.