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This volume examines Calvin's thought and impact on political ideas. Not only does it set forth the Reformer's political ideas in his own words from multiple sources, but it also shows how his germinal political ideas were furthered and spread by his disciples, both in Europe and to the West.
Calvin's political formulations on republicanism, decentralised government and open democracies provide one of his most lasting contributions. Calvin's disciples - beginning with Theodore Beza, Francois Hotman, John Ponet and John Knox - spread many of the ideas that are now widely accepted in free governments. Calvin contributed and buttressed ideas like the consent of the governed, open elections, checks-and-balances within government, civil liberty, the right to oppose tyrannical governments, and the need for constitutionalism.
"In this engaging volume, David Hall offers a crisp distillation of the latest scholarly findings and a clarion call to reclaim the Calvinist pedigree of some of our most cherished political ideas and institutions."
- John Witte Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory Law School, Atlanta
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