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Bucer on Civil Education

In his De Regno Christi (1550), Martin Bucer propagates a number of laws for the establishment of a Christian commonwealth. One is that there ought to be education for all young people. This was, in part, to prevent idleness, which was an evident concern to Bucer. But it was also the case that Bucer wanted to improve […]

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The Saeculum and seeking peace

In her Augustine and the Limits of Politics, Jean Bethke Elshtain writes of how Augustine’s conception of this temporal age helps us understand our efforts toward earthly order and peace. They are legitimate, they have meaning, if what we aim and hope for is attainable. This last aspect, the attainability of what we hope for, is […]

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Augustine on Temporal and Eternal Goods

In a previous post I made reference to medieval and older formulations that “have some significant implications for the relationship between general and special grace.” To wit, here’s this bit from Augustine’s City of God (19.13): God, therefore, is the most wise Creator and just Ordainer of all natures, Who has established the mortal human race […]