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State, Church, and the Reformational Roots of Subsidiarity


Jordan J. Ballor


Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty; Journal of Markets & Morality

June 10, 2011

The Myth of the Reformation, ed. Peter Opitz (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013), 148-159.

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I trace here some (although certainly not all) of the antecedents in the Reformation and post-Reformation eras that stand behind more contemporary expressions of the doctrine of subsidiarity. This study focuses on two basic areas, or roots: the civil and the ecclesiastical. In the former case I examine thinkers identified in the so-called “Erastian” tradition of church-state relations, particularly the Reformer Wolfgang Musculus (an older contemporary of Erastus). On the ecclesiastical side, I examine the view of confessional documents in the Reformed tradition, particularly that of the Belgic Confession (1561). At issue here are what I have called the “Reformational roots” of subsidiarity, the antecedents to more contemporary and explicit expressions of the principle. This is a pre-press version of the article that does not include a few minor corrections.

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Keywords: subsidiarity, natural law, reformation, political thought, ethics, theology

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Date posted: December 5, 2012 ; Last revised: December 11, 2013

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Ballor, Jordan J., State, Church, and the Reformational Roots of Subsidiarity (June 10, 2011). The Myth of the Reformation, ed. Peter Opitz (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013), 148-159.. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2185491

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