The Political Theories of Martin Luther

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CHAPTER V THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE STATE

B. Viewed Externally

ANOTHER element of sovereignty is independence of the authority of any external or foreign influence or power, ecclesiastical or civil1; for no state which is not independent can have a law of its own.2 "If a state is compelled to recognise the political superiority of another, it loses its sovereignty, and becomes subjected to the sovereignty of the latter."3 If, upon any single point, however insignificant, the state's own will be not final, but is legally dependent upon the consent of another power, its sovereignty is destroyed.4

One of the most marked features of Luther's work was his call for an absolute resistance on

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1
See M'Kechnie: The State and the Individual, p. 129.
2
See Wilson: The State, p. 609.
3
Bluntschli: The Theory of the State, p. 475.
4
Willoughby: An Examination of the Nature of the State, p. 196.

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