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Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority

H Hopfl (Ed)

Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority

H Hopfl (Ed)

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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 This volume in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series comprises new, unabridged translations of Luther's On Secular Authority and Calvin's On Civil Government. These works represent the authors' attempts to balance their commitments to the maintenance of order in Church and polity on the one hand, and the overriding imperative of uncompromising obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture on the other. The book is intended to be readily intelligible to students and non-specialists, but precise enough for scholars. The introduction relates the works to the thought and activities of their authors. A glossary, chronology and a bibliography are also provided.

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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.
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This volume in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series comprises new, unabridged translations of Luther's On Secular Authority and Calvin's On Civil Government. These works represent the authors' attempts to balance their commitments to the maintenance of order in Church and polity on the one hand, and the overriding imperative of uncompromising obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture on the other. The book is intended to be readily intelligible to students and non-specialists, but precise enough for scholars. The introduction relates the works to the thought and activities of their authors. A glossary, chronology and a bibliography are also provided.
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9780521349864
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H Hopfl (Ed)

John Calvin lived from 1509-1564. He was born in France, but spent much of his life in Switzerland and Italy. After the death of Luther, Calvion exerted great influence over the men of that era throughout Europe. ý He studied Hebrew, and wrote his "Institutes of the Christian Religion" in Basel. This work made him famous, though he had wished to live in obscurity. He was influential in the establishement of more than 2000 Reformed congregations.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Translator's Note
  • Chronology
  • Glossary
  • Notes On Further Reading
  • On Secular Authority
  • On Civil Government
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 65797
  • Product Code 0521349869
  • EAN 9780521349864
  • Pages 146
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Sep 1991
  • Dimensions 213 x 137 x 7 mm
  • Weight 0.200kg

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