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Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law (3 vols.)

by Mariana, Juan de, Zanchi, Girolamo, Althusius, Johannes

Christian’s Library Press 2011–2013

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Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law (3 vols.)
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Overview

The disciplines of economics, ethics, and law are historically rooted in religious tradition. After a long period in which economics, ethics, and law became detached from theology, many economists, legal scholars, political theorists, and theologians now see the benefit of studying early modern economic, ethical, and legal texts in their full cultural, often religious, context. Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law provides original English translations and editions of some of the most formative texts that shaped the disciplines of economics, ethics, and law in the early modern era and beyond. These faithful translations of seminal texts will make substantive contributions to contemporary interdisciplinary discussion.

With the Logos edition, all references are linked to the wealth of resources in your digital library, making the text more powerful and easier to access for scholarly work or personal study. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic to find every mention of key terms like “law,” or “currency.”

Key Features

  • Three volumes detailing the religious historical background of economics, ethics, and law
  • Footnotes providing further information about the text
  • Introductions presenting context for the works

Individual Titles

On the Law in General

  • Author: Girolamo Zanchi
  • Translator: Jeffrey J. Veenstra
  • Series: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 138

On the Law in General is a chapter of Girolamo Zanchi’s Tractatus de Redemptione, which is often regarded as an unfinished Protestant ‘summa’ similar to that of Thomas Aquinas. In this text, Zanchi examines the relationship of the natural law to human law, church tradition, custom, divine laws, and the Mosaic law, offering a rigorous analysis of law in general, constituting a seminal work in early modern political and legal theory.

Girolamo Zanchi (1516–1590) was an Italian reformer who fled Italy during the Inquisition. Zanchi eventually settled in Strasbourg where he became professor of Old Testament at the College of Saint Thomas. He was later appointed professor of theology at the University of Heidelberg. His work is characterized by an impressive synthesis of Reformed theology, Thomism, and the scholastic method.

A Treatise on the Alteration of Money

  • Author: Juan de Mariana
  • Translator: Patrick T. Brannan
  • Series: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 138

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This treatise is an insightful analysis of how monetary debasement and inflation increase prices. Mariana proceeds to illustrate how such increases do not affect everyone equally—in effect, causing a revolution in fortunes. In a parallel argument, he explains how government, if given control of other forms of private property, would also debase the values of those forms and use them according to its own interests.

Juan de Mariana (1536–1624) was a Spanish Jesuit priest and theologian. He occupied the chair of theology at the University of Paris from 1569–1574 before returning to Toledo in Spain, where he remained until he died. Mariana made numerous intellectual contributions, including his works on politics, economics, and magisterial work on the history of Spain.

On the Law and Power: Selections from the Dicaeologicae

  • Author: Johannes Althusius
  • Translator: Jeffrey J. Veenstra
  • Series: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2013

The Dicaeologicae was an immense Latin work that sought to construct a single comprehensive juridical system by collating the Decalogue, Jewish law, Roman law, and various streams of European customary law. The translated selections address such topics as common law, natural law, private or individual law, the nature of sovereign public authority, and limitations on public power.

Johannes Althusius (1557–1638) served as syndic of the city of Emden in Friesland from 1604 until his death, as well as elder in the Emden church. In these two offices he exercised significant influence on the civil and ecclesiastical affairs of the city.

Product Details

  • Title: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Authors: Girolamo Zanchi, Juan de Mariana, and Johannes Althusius
  • Editors: Jordan J. Ballor and Stephen J. Grabill
  • Translators: Jeffrey J. Veenstra and Patrick T. Brannan
  • Series: Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Volumes: 3