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Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority : Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought - John Calvin

Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

Paperback Published: 30th December 1991
ISBN: 9780521349864
Number Of Pages: 146

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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.

'Dr Hoepfl has provided his readers with an excellent translation of two seminal reformation texts realting to secular authroity ... It deserves to become a standard text for any concerned with sixteenth-century political thought.' Journal of Theological Studies

Translator+s note
Notes on further reading
On Secular Authority
On Civil Government
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ISBN: 9780521349864
ISBN-10: 0521349869
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 30th December 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.2