Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Good Article on Calvinist Resistance Theory

Check out this good article I found on Calvinist Resistance Theory from the Action Institute.  It cites many of the leading works, gives the highlights, and seeks to chronicle the progression of thought.  This is a good preparation for what will probably be a long discussion on resistance theory/interpostion.  My first post on this was about 5 months ago and it has taken that long to hash through many of the initial questions. With that accomplished, I think it is time to look into much that is alluded to in this article. Here is a taste:

"Contrary to much secular thought, the historic emergence of a social contract that guarantees human liberty stems from the seedbed of Geneva’s Reformation. To be sure, a different social contract, the humanist one, had its cradle in the secular thinking of the Enlightenment. The one I refer to as the social covenant (to distinguish) has resisted tyranny, totalitarianism, and authoritarianism with consistent and irrepressible force; the other has led to oppression, large-scale loss of life, and the general diminution of liberty, both economic and personal. Following is a brief review of five leading tracts from the Reformation period that had wide and enduring political impact in support of liberty: The Right of Magistrates (1574) by Theodore Beza, The Rights of the Crown of Scotland (1579) by George Buchanan, Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos (1579) by Phillipe du Plessis Mornay, Politica (1603) by Johannes Althusius, and Lex Rex (1644) by Samuel Rutherford"

Believe it not, after 5 months of hashing this out we have not even begun to scratch the surface. Was American really a creation of the Enlightenment or is there another narrative that needs to be explored? Perhaps Mr. Barton's overall point about distorted history is not so far off. I think it may be time to get out of the trees and look at the forest.


Pinky said...


Jonathan Rowe said...

Just noticed. It's "Acton" not "Action" Institute.

Tom Van Dyke said...

Named after Lord Acton, and in keeping with the article:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

[Never knew about that 3rd line...]

King of Ireland said...