Christianity and Civilization #2 - Theology of Christian Resistance


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"I am not a pacifist, because pacifism in this poor world in which we live, this lost world, means that we desert the people who need our greatest help. As an illustration: I see a great big burly man that is beating a little tiny tot to death....If he won't stop, what does love mean? Love means I stop him in any way I can...."
Francis A. Schaeffer, "Conflicting World Views:
Humanism versus Christianity," in this symposium.

 

"Conflict between Christ and Caesar is not inevitable: in fact, Jesus specifically commanded His disciples to 'render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's' (Matt. 22:21). Conflict becomes inevitable when the secular authority -Caesar- demands for himself honors that belong only to God....In modern America, the state does not openly claim divine worship; but in effect it is seeking to make itself the center of all human loyalties, the goal of all human aspirations, the source of all human values, and the final arbiter of all human destiny. In so doing, without using the language of revelation, it is claiming to be divine....."
John W. Whitehead, "Christian Resistance in the Face of State Interference," in this symposium.


"The question of resistance to a lawfully constituted authority is a very difficult one today, and it has been from the beginning. Christians from the beginning have had to answer questions like these:

What constitutes a lawfully constituted authority?
Must we obey every command of "Caesar"?
Is a victorious invading army to be obeyed?
What constitutes unlawful infringement of preaching? Lawful?

--From the Editor's Introduction 
 

 

About the Editor: 
Gary North received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside in 1972. Gary is the author of 42 books including The War on Mel Gibson: The Media versus The Passion and Crossed Fingers: How Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church. Gary is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking historians in modern times. 


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