Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions
The Mind of Samuel Rutherford
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 320
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
This is the first modern intellectual biography of the Scottish Covenanters' great theorist Samuel Rutherford (c. 1600-61). The central focus is on Rutherford's political thought and his major treatise, Lex, Rex, written in 1644 as a justification of the Covenanters' resistance to King Charles I. The book demonstrates that while Lex, Rex provided a careful synthesis of natural-law theory and biblical politics, Rutherford's Old Testament vision of a purged and covenanted nation ultimately subverted his commitment to the politics of natural reason. The book also discusses a wide range of other topics, including scholasticism and humanism, Calvinist theology, Presbyterian ecclesiology, Rutherford's close relationships with women and his fervent spirituality. It will therefore be of considerable interest to a range of scholars and students working on Scottish and English history, Calvinism and Puritanism, and early modern political thought.
'... a valuable handbook to the various controversies surrounding Puritan and Reformed subjects ... authoritative and gives a new standard for works in this area. Highly recommended'. Evangelical Times 'It is ... a sensitive appraisal of a powerful mind in context, and sheds valuable light on the religious and political history of Caroline and Civil War Britain.' Journal of Religious History