Politics Volume 1

Politics Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...Protestants summoned their foreign co-religionists to their aid against the enemies of their faith among their own countrymen. Here was the natural ground on which the doctrine of the right of resistance took root and flourished. Zwingli, a decided Republican, summarily pronounced that authority should be accursed of God when it forsook the way of Christ. Calvin said that the ENGLISH CONSTITUTION 187 subject was relieved from his allegiance to the earthly power when it contradicted the Word of God. Luther, however, only reached this opinion very slowly, and after many inward struggles. He was near his life's end before he decided that there is no distinction between the Emperor and the common murderer, if the Emperor employs public or notorie unjust power outside his.office; for public violentia abrogates all obligations between subjects and rulers, jure naturae. The German Lutherans, who were not capable politicians, applied this axiom very unskilfully, and after a time abandoned it again, so that Lutheranism got the reputation of being in dependant subjection to the territorial suzerains. Theoretic disputants also engage in these controversies. There are the so-called "Monarchomachen" who defend the subjects' right of resistance from the Old Testament books. Every really believing nation, they say, makes a contract with the Lord, and in virtue thereof the secular power undertakes to maintain the authority of the Word of God. So long as they keep their pledge, the people obey them, but are freed if it is broken. The Jesuits preach the same doctrine for different reasons. For them the Church is the only State directly sanctioned by God. Consequently no secular State has the right to exist unless it serves and obeys the Church....show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818016
  • 9781236818010