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Politica Christiana
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The Latin expression Politica Christiana (Christian policy) is used in the sources and in scholarship. It denotes in general any effort to Christianize politics.

The use of the term in the early modern period dates back to the Reformation. From the 1530s, German Lutheran scholars in the Empire in particular drew on biblical evidence to develop concepts limiting the authority of non-Protestant rulers and thereby to consolidate their own confession and found a reformed Christian politics [13]; [14]. These efforts culminated in an original concept of sovereign power, regnal of…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Politica Christiana”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025650>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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