Essays on Church, State, and Politics

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ISBN-13:
9780865974999
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.05.2007
Seiten:
306
Autor:
Ian Hunter
Gewicht:
543 g
Format:
228x151x25 mm
Serie:
Natural Law and Enlightenment
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The essays selected here for translation derive largely from Thomasius's work on Staatskirchenrecht, or the political jurisprudence of church law. These works, originating as disputations, theses, and pamphlets, were direct interventions in the unresolved issue of the political role of religion in Brandenburg-Prussia, a state in which a Calvinist dynasty ruled over a largely Lutheran population and nobility as well as a significant Catholic minority. In mandating limited religious toleration within the German states, the provisions of the Peace of Westphalia (1648) also provided the rulers of Brandenburg-Prussia with a way of keeping the powerful Lutheran church in check by guaranteeing a degree of religious freedom to non-Lutherans and thereby detaching the state from the most powerful territorial church. Thomasius's writings on church-state relations, many of them critical of the civil claims made by Lutheran theologians, are a direct response to this state of affairs. At the same time, owing to the depth of intellectual resources at his disposal, these works constitute a major contribution to the broader discussion of the relation between the religious and political spheres.
Introduction; On the History of Natural Law Until Grotius; The Right of Protestant Princes regarding indifferent Matters or Adiaphora; On the Power of Secular Government to Command Its Subjects to Attend Church Diligently; Is Heresy a Punishable Crime?; On the Crime of Sorcery; On the Right of a Christian Prince in Religious Matters; Index.

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