Bondage of the Will: The Limitations of Political Theology in Measure for Measure

@article{Besteman2019BondageOT,
  title={Bondage of the Will: The Limitations of Political Theology in Measure for Measure},
  author={Bethany C. Besteman},
  journal={Religions},
  year={2019}
}
Although Peter Lake and Debora Shuger have argued that Measure for Measure is hostile to Calvinist theology, I argue that the play’s world presents a Reformed theo-political sensibility, not in order to criticize Calvinism, but to reveal limitations in dominant political theories. Reformed theology informs the world of the play, especially with regards to the corruption of the human will through original sin. Politically, the sinfulness of the human will raises concerns about governments… 
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