The Calvinist International

“In law and theology, the arcanum imperii becomes transparent”- Agamben goes on to say that worship is to theology what metaphysics is to philosophy. He offers here some characteristically illuminating reflections on the liturgical foundations of polity, though his focus is on unreformed examples. But we might ask: what is the radically evangelical act of worship which has the power of founding polities?

The answer, of course, would have to be the same as the answer to the question of the nature of Biblical worship. Calvin’s famous maxim has it that all wisdom reduces to knowledge of self and knowledge of God; but he just as famously said that the heart is an idol factory. Thus the part of the act of worship which is first in practical order is preparatory and negative, the act of radical iconoclasm; but this is motivated by and ordered to what is primary in…

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