The Reformational Legacy of Theologico-political Federalism

Authored by: Shaun de Freitas , Andries Raath

The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism

Print publication date:  August  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671312
eBook ISBN: 9781315612966
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043454


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The terms federalism and covenantal are virtually interchangeable, and it is the academic specialization in the fields of theology and politics that has contributed to the separation in meaning of these two terms. Federalism entails, inter alia, an understanding of the relationships between God and the world, and among humans as based on covenants, including the understanding that the inner nature of social groups and the relationships among them are understood as covenantal (McCoy and Baker 1991, 11–13). This is quite similar to a more secular view as postulated by Friederich, in which federalism primarily entails the process of federalizing a political community which, in turn, entails the process by which a number of separate political communities enter into arrangements for, inter alia, working out solutions (McCoy and Baker 1991, 13–14).

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