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MemberSteven Foster

…Upcoming Paper: “There is no power but of God”: The Political use of God’s Law in during the Reformation.   To be given at the Law and Religion Workshop at the University of Edinbur…

My research intends to trace the different ways the participants of the English Reformation tried to interpret the meaning of Romans 13:1-7 and how these interpretations made sense of the present during a period of seismic change.  The Pauline proof text ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God’ (Rom.13:1), has been a neglected crux in the evolution of political theology and was central in the early modern debates which concerned politico-religious allegiance.