Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority - Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Paperback)
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Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority - Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Paperback)

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Martin Luther and John Calvin were the principal 'magistral' Reformers of the sixteenth-century: they sought to enlist the cooperation of rulers in the work of reforming the Church. However, neither regarded the relationship between Reformed Christians and the secular authorities as comfortable or unproblematic. The two pieces translated here, Luther's On Secular Authority and Calvin's On Civil Government, constitute their most sustained attempts to find the proper balance between these two commitments. Despite their mutual respect, there were wide divergences between them. Luther's On Secular Authority would later be cited en bloc in favour of religious toleration, whereas Calvin envisaged secular authority as an agency for the compulsory establishment of the external conditions of Christian virtue and the suppression of dissent. The introduction, glossary, chronology and bibliography contained in this volume locate the texts in the broader context of the theology and political thinking of their authors.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521349864
Number of pages: 146
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 8 mm

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“Eyeopenning insight on Luther and Calvin...”

This thin volume in the Cambridge's series of Historical Texts came as a surprise for me. I had no idea that Luther, nor Calvin had such a blind spot regarding political rights. However they talk about King David... More

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