By James E. Wood
The topic of church and nation is one in detail linked to the heritage of Christianity and Western civilization. despite the fact that, the topic is one who is under no circumstances restricted to anybody non secular culture, civilization, or interval of heritage. particularly, it's a topic that has ancient and common importance to all cultures and spiritual traditions in the course of the global. it's easily indisputable that faith has been, and continues to be, a strong strength within the making and shaping of cultures, civilizations, countries, and empires. as a result, this quantity addresses the wider views of faith and the nation within the old international, in addition to within the biblical international of Judaism and Christianity, and in different spiritual traditions than Christianity. consciousness is given to basic works on church and nation that deal with the topic generally, no longer constrained to any specific state, spiritual culture, or unmarried element of church-state relatives. also, there's fabric on significant subject matters integrally with regards to church and kingdom, reminiscent of civil disobedience, civil faith, liberation theology, patriotism, and nationalism. eventually, resources are integrated on faith in overseas affairs and interfaith kin, either inevitably associated with the topic of church and country, in addition to faith and the industrial order; faith and human rights and the impression of faith on struggle and peace.
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To the faithful, God promised not only victory, but also divine blessing, as noted in Revelation 2:10. ”46 NOTES 1. The late Old Testament scholar, John Bright, for example, gave emphasis to this; see his work, A History of Israel (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1959), 132. Religion and the State in the Biblical World 19 2. G. Ernest Wright, “The Faith of Israel,” in The Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, ed. George A. Buttrick, 12 vols. (New York: Abingdon Press, 1952-1957), 1:354. 3. Nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures can one imagine any of Israel’s historians or prophets exclaiming, “Israel is great, because Israel is good,” as recent American presidents have been fond of saying with regard to America.
E. the persecutor of rival faiths within the Roman Empire. Non-Christian temples were destroyed and the death penalty was imposed upon those who continued to offer sacrifices to pagan gods. The concept of the Christian state found classic expression in the corpus Christianum of Christendom, which under various names and guises has remained the goal of many zealous Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, who would make the church virtually coterminous with culture, community, or nation. Christianity and the State 31 The view prevailed throughout much of the Middle Ages.
1957), 187. 13. Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christiane. 14. Pius XII, The Church’s Right to Speak on Social Questions in Yates, Papal Thought on the State, 137. 15. Heinrich A. Rommen, The State in Catholic Thought (St. Louis: B. , 1945), 508. 16. Jerome G. Kerwin, Catholic Viewpoint on Church and State (New York: Honover House, 1960), 41-42. 17. N. , 1914), 47. 18. ; New York: Association Press, 1960), 2: 338. 19. Hugo Grotius, De imperio Summarum Potestatum circa sacra (1647); quoted in Lecler, Toleration and the Reformation, 1: 312.