The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism

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Daniel Judah Elazar, John Kincaid
Lexington Books, 2000 - Political Science - 327 pages
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American, European, political, and theological histories intersect in this important new exploration of the founding of the United States. The Covenant Connection examines the way in which the Protestant Reformation and federal covenant theology, which lay at the foundation of Reformed Protestantism in its Calvinist version, played a major role in shaping the political life and ideas of the colonies of British North America and ultimately the new United States of America. Contributors to the volume look at the most critical facets of this connection over nearly three centuries, from the beginning of the Reformation in sixteenth-century Zurich to the declaration of American independence and the writing of the U.S. Constitution. Individual chapters show how federal theology led to a revival of Biblical republicanism in Reformation Europe; how it was applied and modified in countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Scotland, and England; and how it was carried across the Atlantic by the early settlers of North Americamost particularly the Puritans but also other groups such as the Dutch and the Scottishto form the matrix for American constitutionalism, democratic republicanism, and federalism. As a collection, The Covenant Connection provides an irrefutable analysis of the profound biblical and Reformation influences on the founding of America.
 

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Contents

From Biblical Covenant to Modern Federalism The Federal Theology Bridge Daniel J Elazar
1
Covenant and Community in the Thought of Heinrich Bullinger J Wayne Baker
15
Covenant and Federalism in the Politics of Althusius Thomas O Hueglin
31
History Humanity and Federalism in the Theology and Ethics of Johannes Cocceius Charles S McCoy
55
From Covenant of Grace to Tolerant Public Pluralism The Dutch Calvinist Contribution James W Skillen
71
Covenant Theology and the Development of Religious Liberty Charles James Butler
101
John Knox The First of the Monarchomachs? W Stanford Reid
119
The Covenant Concept in Scottish Theology and Politics James B Torrance
143
Covenant Body Politic and the Great Migration John Peacock
201
Liberty and Equality from a Communitarian Perspective Donald S Lutz
223
Federalism and Covenant Daniel J Elazar
245
Covenant Language in Canada Continuity and Change in Political Discourse Filippo Sabetti
259
The Covenant Traditions of Dutch Americans James D Bratt
285
Publications of the Covenant Workshops
305
Index
309
About the Contributors
325

Covenant Crown and Commons in Elizabethan Puritanism Michael McGiffert
163
Covenant Motifs in SeventeenthCentury Literature Harold Fisch
187

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About the author (2000)

The late Daniel J. Elazar was Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University and Professor of Political Science, Temple University. He was also President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Center for Jewish Studies.

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