08 May 2019

BOOK: Martinus BECANUS, On the Duty to Keep Faith with Heretics (ed. Wim DECOCK, transl. Isabelle BUHRE) [Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics and Law] (Grand Rapids (MI): Acton Institute, 2019), 180 p. ISBN 978-1-949011-03-6, 19 USD

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Book abstract:
This work offers an extraordinary perspective on the early modern debates about toleration and the binding force of private agreements and international treaties between people of different Christian faiths. Drawing on principles of contract law developed by jurists and theologians from the School of Salamanca, the Jesuit controversialist Martinus Becanus (1563–1624) argues in favor of the duty to honor promises beyond confessional boundaries. This first English translation of Becanus’s De fide haereticis servanda allows modern scholars to discover a major work of one of the most prominent advocates of a permission concept of tolerance in the early modern period
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