English Experience And The Peace of Westphalia

Just War, Rebellion, and the American Revolution: John Keown and Modern Critiques on Whether the War of Independence was Just.

Part 14: Context: The English Experience Leading Up To The American Revolution, The Peace of Westphalia

By Leonard O. Goenaga

In 1648, the end of the 30 Year War between Protestants and Catholics concluded with the Peace of Westphalia. This resulted in autonomy for German principalities, as well as the granting of equal status between Catholic and Protestant states within the Holy Roman Empire. Brown comments on the importance of this event by saying, “the Protestant rebellion against what it regarded as the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church was successful, thus solidifying the right of rebellion in Western Christianity.”1


1 Davis Brown, The Sword, The Cross, and The Eagle, 156.

Self-Educated American Research Writer, Leonard O. Goenaga
, is a Baptist Associate Pastor (assigned to the Youth) at Glory of God Christian Fellowship, Raleigh, North Carolina; a Mentor (Computer Lab/Technology) at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club; a husband (to Katrina); and rugby coach. He holds a B.A. in Political Science (with a specific concentration in Political Theory, Social Contract, and Constitutionalism), a second B.A. in Religious Studies (with a concentration in World Religions and Early Christianity), a Master of Divinity in Christian Ethics, and an A.A. in Entrepreneurship. He has begun Ph.D with a concentration likely centered on an analysis of Locke’s Social Contract, H.L.A. Hart’s Legal System, American Constitutionalism, and Baptist Ecclesiology of Covenant. Visit his website at Leonardooh.com