The Mighty and the Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

For a century or extra political theology has been in decline. fresh years, besides the fact that, have obvious expanding curiosity not just in how church and kingdom will be similar, yet within the relation among divine authority and political authority, and in what faith has to assert in regards to the limits of nation authority and the grounds of political obedience. during this booklet, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this complete complicated of concerns. he is taking account of conventional solutions to those questions, yet on each element stakes out new positions. Wolterstorff deals a clean theological safeguard of liberal democracy, argues that the normal doctrine of 'two rules' could be rejected and provides a clean exegesis of Romans thirteen; the canonical biblical passage for the culture of Christian political theology. This publication presents necessary dialogue for students and scholars of political theology, legislations and faith, philosophy of faith and social ethics.

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That authority never originates in the positive qualities of man and society, is by no means obvious and should not be received uncritically. (21–22) One form that governance of others takes is governance of those who are incapable of forming and carrying out a rational plan of action for themselves, small children and the “feeble-minded” 1 Yves Simon, A General Theory of Authority (University of Notre Dame Press, 1980). References are incorporated into the text. 53 54 The Mighty and the Almighty being the best examples.

Its exercise has involved domination, disrespect for human dignity, and real or potential violence ever since sin has existed. Nor is it that by ordering this realm God specifically, morally approved of what a government does. The sergeant does not produce the soldiers he drills; the librarian does not create or approve of the book she or he catalogs and shelves. Likewise God does not take the responsibility for the existence of the rebellious “powers that be” or for their shape or identity; they already are.

That authority never originates in the positive qualities of man and society, is by no means obvious and should not be received uncritically. (21–22) One form that governance of others takes is governance of those who are incapable of forming and carrying out a rational plan of action for themselves, small children and the “feeble-minded” 1 Yves Simon, A General Theory of Authority (University of Notre Dame Press, 1980). References are incorporated into the text. 53 54 The Mighty and the Almighty being the best examples.

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