The Influence of Christianity Upon International Law: The Hulsean Prize Essay in the University of Cambridge, for the Year 1854 (Classic Reprint)
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When states profess to be Christian they must neces sarily also profess to guide their actions by Christian principles in International questions as well as in those of a civil and domestic nature and though the inﬂuence of any particular religion is obviously more especially to be sought for amongst communities which profess that belief, yet under certain circumstances its inﬂuence may ex tend to those that do not. Consequently the great inﬂuence which Christian States exert on non-christian nations by means of their superior organisation of government, and by means of their extraordinary progress in all the higher stages of civilisation, has caused the International Law of Christendom to be partially adopted by all the non Christian nations with whom they have, for any con tinuous period of time, come in contact. In treating therefore of the inﬂuence Of Christianity upon Inter national Law the subject will naturally divide itself into two parts, in the first Of which will be Shown the inﬂuence of Christianity upon the International Law of Christen dom; in the second, its inﬂuence upon that of non Christian nations.
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