Introduction

Hunter, Ian, Ahnert, Thomas and Grunert, Frank (2007). Introduction. In Knud Haakonssen (Ed.), Essays on church, state, and politics (pp. ix-xxi) Indianapolis, U.S.A.: Liberty Fund.

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Author Hunter, Ian
Ahnert, Thomas
Grunert, Frank
Title of chapter Introduction
Title of book Essays on church, state, and politics
Place of Publication Indianapolis, U.S.A.
Publisher Liberty Fund
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics
ISBN 978-0865974999
978-0865974982
Editor Knud Haakonssen
Start page ix
End page xxi
Total pages 13
Total chapters 7
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subjects B1
440207 Religion and Society
360104 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
780107 Studies in human society
780106 Political science and public policy
1606 Political Science
Abstract/Summary 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.
Keyword Christianity
Christian doctrine
Civil law
State building
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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