By James E. Wood
The topic of church and country is one in detail linked to the heritage of Christianity and Western civilization. besides the fact that, the topic is person who is under no circumstances restricted to anybody non secular culture, civilization, or interval of heritage. really, it's a topic that has old and common importance to all cultures and spiritual traditions in the course of the international. it truly is easily indisputable that faith has been, and is still, a strong strength within the making and shaping of cultures, civilizations, countries, and empires. therefore, this quantity addresses the wider views of faith and the kingdom within the historic global, in addition to within the biblical international of Judaism and Christianity, and in different spiritual traditions than Christianity. awareness is given to normal works on church and country that deal with the topic generally, no longer constrained to any specific country, spiritual culture, or unmarried element of church-state family members. also, there's fabric on significant themes integrally regarding church and nation, similar to civil disobedience, civil faith, liberation theology, patriotism, and nationalism. eventually, resources are integrated on faith in overseas affairs and interfaith family members, either inevitably associated with the topic of church and country, in addition to faith and the industrial order; faith and human rights and the influence of faith on struggle and peace.
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5 Although particular attention has been given here to the conflict of the early church with Rome, the church’s conflict with the state has often been experienced in Christian 26 Church and State history throughout the world. With the rise in the modern world of nationalism, the totalitarian state, and the atheistic communist state there has been a resurgence of conflict between church and state. Many of these conflicts, even in the twentieth century, have been reminiscent of the first three centuries of Christian history.
For Catholics, it has been rooted in the theological claim that Christ and His visible body, the Roman Catholic Church, are one. Since the Roman Catholic Church represents the perfect society—universal and divine, it can be neither coordinate with nor subordinate to the state. While desiring the cooperation and support of the state, Roman Catholicism has throughout its history sought to maintain the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church over all other authority, civil and temporal. This position has been fundamental in Roman Catholic thought concerning church and state and is essential to understanding Catholicism’s dualism of church and state.
37 Even while Jews were under Roman rule, prayers were offered in the synagogues for the Roman Emperor. ” While the institution of government de jure is ordained by God, that does not means that any government de facto enjoys divine approval. Paul has often been identified with the principle of non-resistance toward the state. This Pauline view was no doubt conditioned by the tendency of early Christians to identify freedom with license and their widely held belief in Christ’s eminent return to judge the world and usher in his kingdom.
Church and State in Historical Perspective: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies & Indexes in Religious Studies) by James E. Wood