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The topic of church and nation is one in detail linked to the heritage of Christianity and Western civilization. even though, the topic is person who is certainly not constrained 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 non secular traditions through 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. as a result, this quantity addresses the wider views of faith and the country within the historic global, in addition to within the biblical global of Judaism and Christianity, and in different spiritual traditions than Christianity. awareness is given to common works on church and nation that deal with the topic largely, no longer constrained to any specific kingdom, non secular culture, or unmarried element of church-state family. also, there's fabric on significant themes integrally concerning church and kingdom, reminiscent of civil disobedience, civil faith, liberation theology, patriotism, and nationalism. ultimately, assets are incorporated on faith in foreign affairs and interfaith relatives, either unavoidably associated with the topic of church and kingdom, in addition to faith and the industrial order; faith and human rights and the influence of faith on battle and peace.

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Regarding the State’s requirement of worship of Caesar’s image Paul would not nave spoken otherwise than the author o the Johannine Apocalypse”; Cullman, The State in the New Testament, 83. 43. See, particularly, Revelation 13. 44. Revelation 2:10. 45. Revelation 13:10. 46. Revelation 11:15. Chapter 3 Christianity and the State A major part of the history of Christianity has centered around the relationship of church and state. In a profound sense, the relationship of church and state has been historically a problem peculiar to Christianity.

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.

15. For example, the prophet Nathan dared to go before King David and say, “David, thou art the man. . ” (II Samuel 12:7, 9). 16. Isaiah 65:8-10. 17. John Bright, The Kingdom of God (New York: Abingdon Press, 1953), 91. 18. Ezekiel 19:6. 20 Church and State 19. Ezekiel 44:3; 45:17; 46. 20. Jeremiah 23:3-5. 21. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews” bk. 13, chap. 10, sec. 5, in The Works of Flavius Josephus, 3: 252. 22. See, for example, Robert I. Eisler, The Messiah Jesus and John the Baptist According to Flavius Josephus’ Recently Rediscovered ‘Capture of Jerusalem’ (New York: The Dial Press, 1931) and S.

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