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Custodia utriusque tabulae
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[German Version]

refers in Protestant theology and jurisprudence since Melanchthon to the obligation of Christian authorities to apply the Decalogue in the externa disciplina, i.e. the secular power's external maintenance of the world in the service of its redemption through the spiritual power's proclamation of the gospel. Consequently, the maintenance of the first tablet takes priority among the governing duties of the magistratus christianus, that is, care for the public dissemination of true evangelical doctrine, protection from blasphemous public heres…

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Heckel, Martin, “Custodia utriusque tabulae”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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