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King James I on Virtue

King James I on the need for a ruler to have a virtuous life (archaic spelling updated): But it is not enough to be a good King, by the scepter of good Laws well execute to govern, and by force of arms to protect his people; if he join not therewith his virtuous life in […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Simon Kennedy Uncategorized

King James I and the Godly Prince

Basilicon Doron (1598) was King James I of England’s (also James VI of Scotland) heartfelt appeal to his son, Henry. It contained instructions for him should he succeed James to the throne. At the beginning James placed a sonnet summarising the argument of the work. It is rather charming and contains a simple statement of the divine right […]

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Archive Civic Polity Reformed Irenicism Simon Kennedy

James I and the Will of the King

In his recent book, The 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 […]

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Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Steven Wedgeworth

Anglicans and Orthodoxy in the 17th Cent.

It is common to hear of ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and Orthodox.  Unfortunately, this now is usually a one-sided conversation, with certain Anglicans trying mightily to show their Eastern credentials. Some even cite the Anglican Reformers’ dialogue with the Orthodox and use of the church fathers as evidence for the specious claim that the Anglicans […]