The volume provides new evidence of how the legal ideas of the Lutheran Reformation were put into practice, especially in the Nordic countries, and how they worked in the history of law. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden forming the largest Lutheran area in the world, this lacuna is considerable.
The first part of the book deals with the legal, theological and philosophical thought of the reformers. The second part examines the impact of the Reformation on particular aspects of legal reform, especially marriage and criminal law and the law on poor relief in the Northern Europe.
The study is based on interdisciplinary research by theologians and legal historians.
Contributors include: Kaarlo Arffman, Pekka Kärkkäinen, Mia Korpiola, Virpi Mäkinen, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Antti Raunio, Risto Saarinen, and Reijo Työrinoja.
Virpi Mäkinen, D. Theol. (1999) in Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Helsinki, is Fellow in Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and Lecturer (on leave) in Theological and Social Ethics in Faculty of Theology. Her main publication is
Property Rights in the Late Medieval Discussion on Franciscan Poverty (Peeters, 2001).
Contributors Foreword Lutheran Reformation and the Law in Recent Scholarship,
Heikki Pihlajamäki & Risto Saarinen PART I. LAW, THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY 1. Divine and Natural Law in Luther and Melanchthon,
Antti Raunio 2. Right and Dominion in Luther’s Thought and Its Medieval Background,
Virpi Mäkinen & Antti Raunio 3. Nominalist Psychology and the Limits of Canon Law in Late Medieval Erfurt,
Pekka Kärkkäinen 4.
Communio sanctorum: Remarks on the Ideal Community,
Reijo Työrinoja PART II. LAW AND REFORM 5. Lutheran Marriage Norms in Action: The Example of Post-Reformation Sweden, 1520–1600,
Mia Korpiola 6.
Executor divinarum et suarum legum: Criminal Law and the Lutheran Reformation,
Heikki Pihlajamäki 7. The Lutheran Reform of Poor Relief: A Historical and Legal Viewpoint,
Kaarlo Arffman Sources and Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects
All those interested in the history of Reformation, the history of law and the history of ideas, as well as theologians, legal historians and philosophers.