Althusius on the Role of the Supreme Magistrate in the Administration of the Church

Althusius on the Role of the Supreme Magistrate in the Administration of the Church

From The Debate that Changed the West: Grotius versus Althusius (Aalten: Pantocrator Press, 2018), pp. 37–47. The Question of Church and State Ecclesiastical sovereignty concerns the first table of the law, the worship of God and the care for the...
The Sacred Public Square

The Sacred Public Square

I wrote this back in 1993. I could have written it yesterday. It is as relevant now as it was then. The same basic conflict is going on. The same forces are gnawing at the roots of civilization. Only the disease has progressed apace. It is a sickness...
The Abandonment of the Gentleman's Agreement

The Abandonment of the Gentleman's Agreement

The Sacred Public Square Ruben Alvarado Copyright ©1993 Ruben Alvarado This edition published 2013 on commonlawreview.com Part I: The Abandonment of the Gentleman's Agreement   The attack on liberal democracy proceeds apace even at the ho...
The Reins of the Body Politic

The Reins of the Body Politic

  Part II: The Reins of the Body Politic     Our problem hinges on the ambiguity involved in, and the inability to come to terms with, the public dimension of life. What is meant by "public?" What pertains to the "public?" The short answer, of co...
Benedictine Infrastructure

Benedictine Infrastructure

  Part III: Benedictine Infrastructure   The fundamental issue facing modern society is the issue of religion: in what does it believe? Which god will it serve? The nations as nations, especially as they come increasingly into the orbit of Western c...