Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority Paperback

On the Laity and on the Temporal Power of the Pope

by Robert Bellarmine;

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Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority

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Robert Bellarmine was one of the most original and influential political theorists of his time. He participated in several of the political debates that agitated early modern Europe, such as the controversy over the Oath of Allegiance in England. Bellarmine presents one of the clearest and most coherent definitions of the nature and aim of temporal authority and its relationship to spiritual authority. The king has jurisdiction over the body, the pope over the conscience. This distinction was crucial for the history of early modern monarchies: the conflict between state and church ceased to be concerned with physical persons and become a contest for the consciences of subjects.The political thought of Bellarmine was at the center of post-Reformation debates on the relationship between state and church; on the nature, aim, and limits of temporal government; and on the relation between religion and natural law. He posed in a novel, controversial manner the relationship between public and private spheres, thus opening up questions central to what we consider 'modernity'.This accessible edition of some of Ballarmine's most important works in fresh translations will be interesting for a wide readership of both scholars of political thought and the educated general public.

Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority by Robert Bellarmine was published by Liberty Fund Inc in May 2012. The ISBN for Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority is 9780865977174.

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Details for Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority

Page last updated 26th March 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLiberty Fund Inc (May 2012)
Number of Pages500
Thickness30 mm
Height230 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code1242516
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