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By David Fergusson

The wealthy culture of Christian political theology calls for renewed recognition, really at a time whilst secular liberalism is in quandary and whilst the civic contribution of faith is being re-assessed. This ebook explores the connection of the church either to the country and civil associations, drawing particularly at the proposal of civil society. It deals a serious review of the impression of the 1st modification within the usa and, in a concluding bankruptcy, defends the argument for carrying on with disestablishment in England and Scotland.

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This is discussed in Oliver O’Donovan and Joan Lockwood O’Donovan, From Irenaeus to Grotius: a Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 2ff. A Treatise on the Soul, 1. 26 Church, State and Civil Society to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the academy and the church? . 10 It is clear that the paradox of alien citizenship is less pronounced by the end of the fourth century. Within a settled social order where the Christian faith, though not unrivalled, is in the ascendant, the threat of violent persecution is reduced.

12 It is an inevitable corollary of faith in Christ’s victory and his eschatological rule. Nonetheless, pace Greer, it becomes harder in the subsequent history of the church to present the identity of Christians in terms of their status as aliens. At most, ‘alien’ is a predicate to describe the tensions that arise from maintaining the faith amidst circumstances that can be indifferent, threatening or hostile. In becoming a cosmopolitan and increasingly international movement, Christians cannot be described as ‘alien’ in any ethnic sense.

2:6–8). Now vindicated, exalted and reigning in heaven, Jesus, not the emperor, is the one to whom the highest allegiance is owed (Phil. 2:6–11). From this position of pre-eminence, he will destroy every ruler, authority and power (1 Cor. 15:24). While this christological transfer of imperial language does not signal a programme of revolutionary uprising against Rome, it does provide a relative weighting of loyalties. Proclaiming the rule of Christ and awaiting patiently its final manifestation, the church has the task of living as a pure, disciplined and godly community.

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