• Moderate Religionsfreiheit in der Theologie Johannes Calvins

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    1997
    Subject(s):
    Law, Religion, History, Church history, John Calvin, Reformation
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Geneva, Church and State, Servetus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tk5r-zr36
    Abstract:
    Some scholars portray John Calvin as a champion of religious liberty and human rights. Others view him as a rigid and brutal theocrat. This Article shows that neither interpretation does justice to Calvin’s complex and evolving views of spiritual and political liberty. In his early writings, Calvin distinguished sharply between the spiritual and political liberty of individuals, and showed how these two concepts of liberty operated in the heavenly and earthly kingdoms respectively. In his later writings, Calvin worked to harmonize spiritual and temporal life and liberty, and to balance the religious liberty of the individual with the corporate needs of church, state, and society. This resulted in a much more nuanced understanding of liberty and authority, rights and duties, church and state, that Calvin worked out in both theological and jurisprudential terms. Many of his formulations proved axiomatic for the Western legal tradition, and anticipated understandings of rights and liberties that are still pertinent today. An English version of this article was published as Moderate Religious Liberty in the Theology of John Calvin," Calvin Theological Journal 31 (1996): 359-403
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