Church and State: A Godly Society
Church and State: A Godly Society
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Widen your perspective and deepen your knowledge on world governance with this stimulating array of works! Christianity has powerfully influenced western civilization more profoundly than any other factor and the Bible remained the gold standard for the Church and the state. Acquaint yourself with these two co-equal yet sovereign powers that swayed the western world, despite errors and corruptions that eventually crept in. Engage with these eminent intellectuals and imbibe their inspiring insights written with authority, power and scope. Be stirred and refreshed by E4’s, Church And State: A Godly Society Library!  
Just Released July 16th 2013!!
Calvin on Civil Government
John Calvin

Beautiful balance! Thought-provoking discussions in John Calvin: Of Civil Government introduces twofold government, one within the soul concerned with eternal life, and the other, related to civil institutions and external regulation. Unless both are in balance, the purity of the faith will perish! Contending that civil order must prevent true religion contained in Gods’ law, from violation and pollution, he asserts the authority of rulers as God-delegated and claims laws are the strongest sinews of government. Honor is due to the king, although obedience to God is primary. Great thoughts!

"Strong arguments and sound!"—A reviewer

Church and State in the Thought of William Cunningham
William Cunningham

Straightforward and specific! Based on the Westminster Confession, Cunningham in Relation between Church and State sharply distinguishes between the civil or temporal, and the ecclesiastical or spiritual! Cunningham esteems the church as a supernatural institution directly related exclusively to man’s spiritual and eternal interests, while the state or civil government most directly deals with man’s temporal welfare, regulated on the principles of natural reason. He holds the church and the state as co-equal, independent powers, each supreme in its own distinct area, and neither possessing authoritative control over the other.

"Clearly spelled roles of Church and government!" — A reviewer

Crystal clear standards are set in The Westminster Confession on the Relation between Church and State by Cunningham where he categorically states that the mind and will of Christ, revealed in His word is the only rule or standard by which a church ought to be regulated. He also stipulates that those who interpret and apply Christ’s laws for church administration need to be only ecclesiastical office-bearers, and not civil functionaries, thus refuting any inconsistencies to these principles in the twenty-third chapter of this Confession. Excellent elucidation!

"Illuminating thoughts!"— A reviewer

Unity despite division! The Nature and Lawfulness of Union between Church and State displays the delicately poised reciprocal independence of the church and state, and the possibility of their alliance, on explicit conditions, without compromising that independence. The church instituted by Christ Himself, is under His sole Headship; however, for the government upon earth, Christ has provided and given directions for those, who while in governance, must act only in His name and in submission to His laws, ensuring a close and perfect union between church and state. Admirable divine economy!

"Unequivocal and precise thinking!"—A reviewer

Obeying Superior Powers
Christopher Goodman

In How Superior Powers Ought to Be Obeyed Christopher Goodman advises subjects on their right and duty to obey authorities in government and the times they may disobey. Friend of John Knox, Marian exile and English Reforming minister, he greatly influenced the Reformation. One of the editors of the Geneva Bible he helped in bringing reform to England and Europe. Goodman discusses the abuse and misuse of church authority in light of God’s word and conscience. A moving work declaring Biblical truth clearly defining the state and its power! Remarkable!

"A distinguished Puritan and preacher of God’s Word!" — Lives of the Puritans Vol. 2 by Benjamin Brook

The Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution 1625-1660
Samuel Rawson Gardiner

Masterly insight! Gardiner in The Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution 1625-1660 writes from the perspective of political philosophy, reflecting his vast knowledge of European history. A collection of constitutional documents from the English Revolution of the mid-17th century, he includes parliamentary speeches, royal letters and declarations and legal proceedings and the final abolition of the kingly office to the declaration of England as a Commonwealth or Free State. It forms the basis for the study of the Constitutional History and the political climate of a significant historic period. Gripping!

"Absorbing account!"—A reviewer

Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated
John Taylor

A comprehensive commentary! Taylor, in Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated, elaborates on some of the misconstructions of the Constitution by the Marshall Court, showing how in a particular case, the authority of the federal government is elevated above the state’s power. Taylor precisely defines the federal government with a brilliant states rights interpretation. A review of the Missouri Compromise and its unconstitutionality, is prophetic on how it will lead to civil war. The disastrous effects of bounties to corporations and offering exclusive privileges for the wealthy are also discussed.

"Great States Rights Interpretation!"—G. F Gori

Man and the Natural Law
Samuel von Pufendorf

Historically sensitive! In The Duty of Man and Citizen According to the Natural law, Pufendorf sets his text in context, producing an independent discipline of juristic political philosophy. He proclaims that Natural law is not necessarily Divine law, because God’s law would operate only in the afterlife. Creating the Sovereign and Civil Society argument from here, he defines how humans relate to each other, society in general, language, duty to God and property, showing natural law at work. Used as the basic text in European universities throughout the Enlightenment. Classic!

"I’ve become a Pufendorfian!"—Amazon reader

"I really loved it! Great Early-Modern Pre-Kantian Political Reflection!"—Zander Haberstaft

The Doctor and Student
Christopher St. Germain

Brilliant! The Doctor and Student by St. Germain traces the relationship between law and conscience. Being the first study on the role of equity in English law, it set the provisos for future discussions. Its popularity until the 19th century was due to its clear introduction to common law concepts and the foundation of English law. This popular student primer was based on four laws - the law eternal, the law of nature of reasonable creatures or the law of reason, the law of God and the law of man!

"Outstanding work!"—A reviewer

The Formation of Christendom Vol. 1
T.W. Allies

Dynamic! Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom Vol. 1 by T.W. Allies highlights the relation between Church and State as the very core of Christendom. He first considers this relationship before Christ’s birth, next of how His coming affected it, and finally, its historical display during the first three centuries, from the Day of Pentecost until the Nicene Council. He portrays a King establishing a kingdom, a Lawgiver giving legislation and a Priest founding a hierarchy - the work of Christ as Priest, Lawgiver, and King!

"Fresh perspectives!" — A reviewer

The Formation of Christendom Vol. 2
T.W. Allies

Unembellished truth! In The Formation of Christendom Vol. 2 Thomas Allies describes Christianity, particularly its operative method where the human soul is considered a unit, purified, with a supernatural life wrought within it! Here, Allies completes the treatment of the Greek Philosophy begun in Volume 1, and gives his views on how Christendom took shape during the ante-Nicene period. Dealing in detail with the gods of the nations at the time of Christ, Allies contrasts Adam and Christ and chronicles the three ages of the martyr church. Outstanding!

"Very informative!"— A reviewer

The Elements of Moral Science
Francis Wayland

Heavy subjects handled with aplomb! The Elements of Moral Science by Francis Wayland, one of the most prevalent and prominent American textbooks of the nineteenth century, is direct and simple in its presentation. This first important American textbook on moral philosophy is highly valuable as a document in the history of education, as it states and defines moral law and the reason for it, the conscience and the nature of virtue. Includes topics like practical ethics, justice and veracity and the law of benevolence! A must have!

"Invaluable!"—A reviewer

Sermons on National Subjects
Charles Kingsley

Incredible collection! Sermons on National Subjects by Charles Kingsley is a veritable treasure trove of short sermons covering every subject! Besides well known festivals like Christmas day, Good Friday, Easter, lesser known ones including three sermons on the cholera, David’s education, education of the heathen, national rewards and punishments are other interesting inclusions. With relevant biblical references and suitable explanations these sermons throw light on a variety of topics, long forgotten, if not ignored. Enjoy Kingsley’s expounding and illustrations from different angles! Informative and interesting!

"Instructive and motivating!" — A reviewer

The Christian Life
Thomas Arnold

A new look at old truths! The Christian Life: Its Course, Its Hindrances, and Its Helps by Arnold includes 39 lectures on restoring the church as first amongst the helps in Christian life. He decries the exclusive and tainted love of truth and justice which becomes selfish atheism, while the exclusive and tarnished worship of beauty and love becomes lying idolatry. He favored abolishing the priesthood, calling the members of the church to actively participate, each performing his role - a living society alleviating poverty and intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

"A much needed wake-up call!"—A reviewer

Johannes Althusius

Unique vision! Politica by Althusius presents a harmonious ordering of natural associations. Althusius declares a state is to protect and encourage social life. Family is the most natural and functional unit of human associations, from which all other unions are derived. This true classic of Western political thought of the Calvinist tradition is not confined merely to a segregation of powers between the central and state governments, but to a rising scale of authority in which the higher institutions depend upon the approval of the local and voluntary associations. Invaluable!

"Great! Must read!"—Michael

"Classic work!" — Josep Olesti Vila

"Helped renew my love for political theory, and faith in the possibilities of politics!" — W. Bradford Littlejohn

John of Salisbury

Exquisite ethical and political philosophy! Policraticus by John of Salisbury clarifies the literary and scientific thought of 12th century Western Europe. Defining the king’s responsibilities and his relationship to his subjects, this was the first ever book of political science, produced during the Middle Ages. A prince’s responsibilities were to revere God, adore his subjects, exert self-discipline and instruct his ministers. He believed in strict punishments, although tempered with mercy when enforcing them. Recognized as an authoritative text on political philosophy for centuries, this book is worth investing in.

"Very interesting!" — williamcompanyman

Christian Union: A Historical Study
J.H. Garrison

An in-depth investigation! Christian Union: A Historical Study by J.H. Garrison explores the roots, fundamentals and history of belief in Christ. As world evangelization is the Church’s primary goal Garrison encouraged unity and fellowship among the believers in Christ fostering fellowship and service. As Christ prayed that His disciples might be one, this task involves the concerted co-operation of the divided Church. These studies on Christian unity commence with the beginning of Christianity, the unique Christian union that existed and its cause during the early church history. Very enlightening!

"Must read book!" — Gabo

Christianity and Civilisation
Emil Brunner

Seasoned with grace, Brunner in Christianity and Civilisation envisages Christianity as the sole hope for building a new civilization, providing the basis for a truly human civilization. Brunner first develops a Christian philosophy of civilization, and then extends his concepts by providing a Christian interpretation for science and technology, work, education and art, wealth, social order and power. Introducing his ‘theology of encounter’ he relates revelation and faith, Christ the Truth and truth, Word as event and Word as doctrine, and a christocentric understanding of the church and ethics. Superb!

"The great truths he fought for will live on to challenge his successors!" — Albert Winn

An Exposition of Romans 13:1-7
James M. Willson

A timely antidote, Willson’s Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans 13:1-7 covers all aspects of the subject of civil government triggering great concern as it influences every facet of human action. Paul’s doctrine on civil government and submission to authority, gives no opening to any slavish doctrine or divine right to do wrong! Willson debunks misuse of this passage to serve individual selfish purposes, with clear expositions, demonstrating that a good government receives here both guidance and support, while a bad government is inferentially, but nevertheless effectually, condemned.

"Amazingly forthright!" — A reviewer

Discipline and Other Sermons
Charles Kingsley

A palette of twenty-four sermons, full of vivid natural descriptions Discipline and Other Sermons by Charles Kingsley spans a wide range of subjects. Nuggets of gold from this creative writer in 1867 surface in his discussions on Discipline, Wisdom, prayer and Science and God’s training, False civilization, and the Name of God. Ending this collection of messages on the high note of a rousing call to reveal the Likeness of God, Kingsley’s stock of novel insights on little-read scripture portions come to refresh and revive the spirit.

"A blessing beyond compare!" — A reviewer

Christian Love
John Angell James

Incisive and indelible! John Angell James’ exhortation on I Cor. 13 in Christian Love or the Influence of Religion upon Temper is unforgettable. A prolific writer, he underlines Self-Examination as every Christian’s duty, not only to ascertain the genuineness of his faith but more to check if it is ’operative’. His timely warning is against self-love and the deceitfulness of our hearts which invariably hides our sinful infirmities from view lulling us into a state of false peace! Impressive !

"Stays with you!" — A Reviewer

A Treatise of Civil power
John Milton

Forceful and clear! John Milton in A Treatise of Civil power in Ecclesiastical causes shewing that it is not lawfull for any power on earth to compell in matters of Religion brings clear evidence of Scripture and protestant dictums to the English Parliament! He focuses on regarding another’s consciences as one would do one’s own and to consider any law against conscience as justly reflecting upon oneself. Perfectly connecting religion with civil prudence, and equally well distinguishing the different powers of each, he also reasons why it should be so!

"Very helpful!" — A Reviewer


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