Maintenance of Public Religion

Johannes Althusius, in Politica (1603):

‘To be sure, persons are not to be suffered who are openly and publicly atheists, who take action against the magistrate, who promote unnecessary wars, who support shameful acts in public, and who deny, break, or call into doubt the articles necessary for salvation.’

The state cannot ensure that everyone believes in God, nor should it expel those who do not believe, but it can and should do what it takes to support public submission to what God requires of the nation.


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