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Calvin and the Whigs: A Study in Historical Political Theology

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The relationship between Calvinist political theory and John Locke’s Two Treatises on Civil Government has been debated for some time, and the consensus is that Locke’s theory constitutes the further development of Calvinist theory. But upon closer analysis, that conclusion proves entirely flawed. Calvinism proves to be worlds apart from the political philosophy of John Lo ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Pantocrator Press
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Very good. Alvarado joins some dots, here, which others fail to. And he writes really well. It's a reworking of an old manuscript, so the interaction with secondary sources is dated. But all in all, he makes some great points and reinvigorates the early-modern-liberal story with the inclusion of Grotius. ...more
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read the book twice because it is weighty and important. This book is a course in Christian political philosophy. Here the reader confronts Augustine, Calvin, Hugo Grotius, the author of Claims Against Tyrants, John Locke, and others.
As it points out, the development of constitutional thought is not linear. Nor was it completed when the American Founders finished their project in Philadelphia. I find much in this book that calls for further thought, more reading, and a wider understanding. This
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Ruben Alvarado makes the argument that Calvinistic political theory is derived directly from the great tradition of western political thought reaching back to Saint Augustine and his "City of God." John Locke laid the foundations for modernist philosophy that discreetly removed the church from s position of social influence and distinct political power. Alvarado masterly unravels Grotius's political philosophy and it's many influences on English and European political thought.
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