Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Simon Kennedy

Kuyper on Civil Government and Divine Right

In┬áCommon Grace, Kuyper combines the questions of God’s institution of capital punishment and the institution of civil government into one moment. He understands God’s command to Noah in Genesis 9:6 as the moment when God instituted civil government. He also rejects outright the modern liberal conception of the origins of civil government as founded upon […]

Archive Civic Polity Reformed Irenicism Simon Kennedy

James I and the Will of the King

In his recent book,┬áThe Watershed of Modern Politics (Yale, 2015), the eminent historian of ideas Francis Oakley makes the case that the theory of the divine right of kings is a constant and central one for a large part of the history of western political thought. In short, the prominence of ‘sacral kingship’ in western […]