Archive Natural Law Simon Kennedy

Sir Edward Coke on the Natural Law

Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) was an eminent English jurist. The excerpt below comes from a famous report of Calvin’s Case (1608). Robert Calvin was a Scottish born freeholder who inherited land in England. His right to inherit was challenged on the grounds that he was not a natural born Englishman, but a Scot. The historical context […]

Archive Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Calvin on Providence as Paternal Governance

Much has been written on John Calvin’s doctrine of divine providence. He is typically, but wrongly, thought to be a sort of pioneer in this field, as if the doctrine of predestination were his trademark. We won’t fool ourselves into thinking that we can overturn this image, nor will we try to add much to […]