Calvin's Doctrine of the State: A Reformed Doctrine and Its American Trajectory, The Revolutionary War, and the Founding of the Republic  -     By: Mark J. Larson
Buy Item $9.99 Retail: $18.00 Save 44% ($8.01) Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist

Calvin's Doctrine of the State: A Reformed Doctrine and Its American Trajectory, The Revolutionary War, and the Founding of the Republic

Wipf & Stock / 2009 / Paperback

$9.99 (CBD Price)
|
Retail: $18.00
|
Save 44% ($8.01)
Buy 48 or more for $9.49 each.
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Warehouse Location: - A note to our Warehouse Sale customers: This product is not stocked at our Peabody, MA location. However, if you purchase this product at our warehouse sale, or order it online for pick-up at our warehouse sale, we will ship it to you at no additional charge.
CBD Stock No: WW080733

Current Promotions
* This product is not available for expedited shipping.

Product Description

Contemporary treatments of Calvin's political views often imply that he embraced a theocratic civil polity and that he was committed to holy war doctrine. On the basis of the primary sources, the first half of this volume argues that neither position is correct. Calvin, in his political thought, maintained the superiority of a republic as a civil polity. In addition, he placed himself firmly within the medieval just war tradition that was established by Augustine of Hippo and later reaffirmed by Thomas Aquinas.

In terms of his commitment to classical just war teaching, Calvin stood in continuity with Martin Luther, even while he distanced himself from the holy war perspective of the Zurich Reformers, Henry Bullinger, and Peter Martyr Vermigli. In the thinking of Calvin, a war could only be authorized by the state, not the church. War had to be prosecuted with humanity and restraint, and not in the tradition of the medieval crusade. The second half of the book sets forth what Calvin actually believed on the matter of government and war.

Here we examine his teaching on parliamentary resistance to monarchical tyranny and the full dimensions of his commitment to justice of war categories. Unlike Luther and Bullinger, Calvin provided a parliamentary remedy for the perennial evil of tyranny. With Vermigli and Theodore Beza siding with Calvin on this right, a body of Reformed doctrine was established to which succeeding generations could appeal for teaching, direction, and justification for taking up arms.

It is clear that Calvin's political legacy is profoundly evident in the American Revolutionary War and in the constitutional determination for a republic in the United States of America. Calvin's ecclesiastical republicanism, as it came to fruition in Presbyterian church government, was a powerful impetus toward the creation of republican institutions in civil government.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 148
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 1606080733
ISBN-13: 9781606080733
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.

Related Products

  1. Political Grace: The Revolutionary Theology of John Calvin
    Political Grace: The Revolutionary Theology of John Calvin
    Roland Boer
    Westminster John Knox Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $22.50 Retail: $25.00 Save 10% ($2.50)
    1 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW233938
  2. John Calvin Rediscovered: The Impact of His Social and Economic Thought
    John Calvin Rediscovered: The Impact of His Social and Economic Thought
    Edward Dommen, James D. Bratt
    Westminster John Knox Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $30.00 Save 67% ($20.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW232276
  3. Calvin's Institutes, Abridged softcover ed.
    Calvin's Institutes, Abridged softcover ed.
    John Calvin
    Baker / 1986 / Trade Paperback
    $12.99 Retail: $18.99 Save 32% ($6.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW25249
  4. Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments from 16th
    Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments from 16th
    Douglas F. Kelly
    P & R Publishing / 1992 / Trade Paperback
    $10.49 Retail: $12.99 Save 19% ($2.50)
    Availability: Out of Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW5522971

Product Reviews

Be the first to write a review!

Ask Christianbook

Back
×

Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Availability

Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search