Essays on church, state, and politics

Thomasius, Christian, Hunter, Ian, Grunert, Frank and Ahnert, Thomas Essays on church, state, and politics. Edited by Ian Hunter, Frank Grunert, Thomas Ahnert and Knud Haakonssen Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.: Liberty Fund, 2007.

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Author Thomasius, Christian
Hunter, Ian
Grunert, Frank
Ahnert, Thomas
Title Essays on church, state, and politics
Place of Publication Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.
Publisher Liberty Fund
Publication year 2007
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Series Natural law and enlightenment classics
ISBN 9780865974999
Language eng
Editor Ian Hunter
Frank Grunert
Thomas Ahnert
Knud Haakonssen
Start page 1
End page 306
Total number of pages 306
Subjects 1606 Political Science
Formatted 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 Church and state
Christianity and politics
Original Creative Works - Scholarly edition
Original Creative Works - Other
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Translated by Ian Hunter, Thomas Ahnert, and Frank Grunert.

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