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Writings on Temporal and Spiritual Authority On the Laity and on the Temporal Power of the Pope

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ISBN-10: 0865977178

ISBN-13: 9780865977174

Edition: 2010

Authors: Robert Bellarmine, Stefania Tutino

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Introduction
Notes on the Translation
Biographical Notes
Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Works
Acknowledgments
On Temporal and Spiritual Authority
On Laymen or Secular People
On the Temporal Power of the Pope. Against
On the Primary Duty of the Supreme Pontiff
Index of Works Cited by Bellarmine
Bibliography of Works Cited by the Editor
Index