Book: Protestant Politics beyond Calvin

Ian Campbell and Floris Verhaart (eds), Protestant Politics Beyond Calvin: Reformed Theologians on War in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Routledge: Oxon, 2022), ISBN: 9780367525088 The Reformed (or Calvinist) universities of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Europe hosted rich, Latin-language conversations on the nature of politics, the powers of kings and magistrates, resistance, revolution, and religious warfare. … More Book: Protestant Politics beyond Calvin

Conference: War and the University in the Sixteenth Century

War and the University in the Sixteenth Century Queen’s University Belfast, 28th – 30th of June, 2018 Conference Programme Thursday, 28th of June 14:00 – 14:15       Welcome & Introduction by Ian Campbell 14:15 – 15:45       Session 1, Chair: Ian Campbell, Queen’s University Belfast ‘How (not) to justify a massacre?: Violence, Emotion and Just War in … More Conference: War and the University in the Sixteenth Century

Colloquium: Franciscan Forced Baptism

‘Duns Scotus and Politics: The Power of the Prince and the Conversion of the Jews’ Dr Sylvain Piron, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. The Meredith Room, 23 University Square, 23.01.009, Queen’s University Belfast, 4pm, Thursday 5th April 2018. The fourteenth-century Franciscan theologian, John Duns Scotus argued that Christian princes were positively obliged … More Colloquium: Franciscan Forced Baptism

Calvinists on Warfare and Resistance

Calvinists (or more properly the Reformed) were sometimes accused by their contemporaries of bringing the supernatural too far into human life, deprecating human reason, and subverting human polities by their clumsy attempts at erecting theocracy. Did those who taught at Reformed universities across Europe teach distinctive and extreme political and revolutionary doctrines? Too often scholars and students in the … More Calvinists on Warfare and Resistance

Franciscan Political Thought

Franciscan friars educated by university teachers who stood in the Scotist tradition played a vital role in early modern European culture. These friars were deeply embroiled in peace-making, war-mongering, popular violence, and evangelisation, both inside and outside Europe. But at present we know very little about the political doctrines that they were taught in their colleges and … More Franciscan Political Thought

Calvinist Resistance Theory in England and Scotland in the Early Seventeenth Century

We are currently badly informed about the ways in which distinctively Reformed political theory was received inside and outside the universities in Scotland and England in the years preceding the outbreak of civil war in the Stuart kingdoms. Ms Karie Schultz is currently completing a PhD thesis which will investigate that topic.