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Patriarcha, or the Natural Power of Kings

Patriarcha, or the Natural Power of Kings – Sir Robert Filmer

It was in 1681, when “Patriarcha” was first published. The work won great and deserved popularity as the ablest justification of the extreme royalist doctrine. Filmer had the acuteness to see that of the two modes of argument, that of relying upon a medley of Scripture texts, forbidding resistance and asserting divine sanction for kingship, and that of claiming that monarchy is in accordance with the teachings of nature, the latter rested upon a far more solid basis. It is always possible to explain away single texts of Scripture. Indeed no one nowadays but knows that, when S. Paul and S. Peter enjoined obedience to established government as a … Read more.../Mehr lesen ...

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