• Rechte, Widerstand und Revolution in westlicher Tradition: frühe protestantische Grundlangen

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Subject(s):
    Human rights, Protestantism, Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Theodore Beza, Tyranny, Subjective Rights, Covenant, Contract Theory, Law and religion, Calvinism, John Calvin
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/7dh4-2760
    Abstract:
    This Article, translated into German, analyzes the development of rights talk in the pre-Enlightenment Protestant tradition, especially as formulated by the sixteenth-century Calvinist theologian and jurist, Theodore Beza. Responding to the horrific persecution born of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572, Beza mobilized classical, Catholic, and Protestant sources alike to develop a coherent Calvinist theory of rights, resistance, and revolution against tyrants. This Article details Beza's arguments, places his work in its historical and intellectual context, and highlights the innovations Beza contributed to the intersection of legal, political, and theological teachings. It concludes by showing how Beza's theory of subjective rights and resistance to tyranny helped to plot the course of modern democratic and constitutional theory.
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