Civic Polity Corpus Iuris Civilis E.J. Hutchinson Natural Law

“Prayer, Work, Laughter, We Need Them All”: Notes in Service of Sanctified Celebration

“Natura abhorret a vacuo” Nature abhors a vacuum, and so every people constituted as a political body is going to have a schedule of sacred observances, of holy days–days marked out as special in some way, whether because of their perceived relation to a polity’s foundation or to its preservation. This calendar never has been, […]

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Calvin, the Lord’s Day, and the Liberty of the Church

Though it triggers some Presbyterians to say so out loud, John Calvin was not a Sabbatarian. He did have a strict Sunday practice (and thus he most likely did not go lawn bowling on that day…), but this was always explained as a matter of human and not divine law. In fact, Calvin argues that […]

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No Calvinism in Scotland?

Donald Macleod gives us a rather interesting new take on the no true Scotsman here. He argues that, contrary to an overwhelming number of popular assumptions, Scotland is not and has never been a “Calvinistic” culture. There are some good points to consider, of course, chiefly the fact that ideas, however powerful and popular, rarely […]

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Calvin, Two Kingdoms, and the Sabbath

John Calvin’s position on the 4th Commandment has been perplexing to many for the last 300 years, at least. As Richard Gaffin explains, Calvin seems to be a non-Sabbatarian in conviction but a Sabbatarian in practice. Calvin states that the meaning of the Sabbath has been fulfilled in Christ, that we are now to “rest” […]