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Title: The Secular Reformation and the Influence of Machiavelli
Contributor(s): Maddox, W Graham (author)
Publication Date: 2002
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: That Macchiavelli (1469-1527) and Luther (1483-1546) were contemporaries is seldom remarked in modern political theory, although John Neville Figgis did make Luther an accomplice to Macchiavelli's aggrandizement of the secular prince. From quite different motives, both set out to deconstruct the political authority of the Church of Rome and both adopted an appeal to antiquity over the head, as it were, of the medieval Christian establishment. Yet, while Luther's authority derived from pristine Christian writings and the unmediated working of the spirit, Macchiavelli, wishing to bypass Christianity altogether, had recourse to classical, mainly Latin, texts, and to the antique record of the political actions of wise men.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Journal of Religion, 82(4), p. 539-562
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Place of Publication: Chicago
ISSN: 0022-4189
Field of Research (FOR): 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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