Symposium on Confessionalization & Institutionalization (ca.1530s-ca.1730s) and Consolidation & Codification (ca.1660-ca. 1820)
Confessionalization & Institutionalization (ca. 1530s-ca. 1730s) analyzes the influence of Melanchthon and other theologians during the secular take-over of all legal powers, related also to church matters. In a short-term perspective, the Reformation led to the re-introduction of religious laws (Mosaic Law and aspects of Canon Law), but in the long-term perspective we see the emergence of a more general secularization of the understanding of law through particular interpretations of the Lutheran concept of ‘the two regiments’ and its associate concepts.
The ProNoLa subproject Consolidation & Codification covers the time period from 1660 to ca. 1820. The constellation “Absolutism and Enlightenment” was in this period legitimized by concepts of the King as the Father of nation (Luther’s third ‘estate’ of the household). The Halle-inspired consolidation through confirmation and a national legal order is analyzed in order to identify the impact of legal thinking of natural law in conjunction with religiously supported legal positivism.