Calvin Rejected Theonomy In Favor Of Natural Law

I would have preferred to pass over this matter in utter silence if I were not aware that here many dangerously go astray. For there are some who deny that a commonwealth is duly framed which neglects the political system of Moses, and is ruled by the common laws of nations. Let other men consider how perilous and seditious this notion is; it will be enough for me to have proved it false and foolish.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 4.20.14.


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  1. “a commonwealth”

    Would Calvin had said the same to commonwealths/regions who had embrace the light of the Gospel? For example, Geneva (16th)?

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