Uneasy Neighbors : Church and State in the New Testament

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  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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What does the New Testament have to say about the attitude of Christians and the church toward those who exercise political authority? Few topics have caused more controversy in the history of the church than the relationship between church and state-from the first century to the present. Pilgrim offers an analysis of the various attitudes of New Testament writers on this difficult subject, ranging from submission to overt resistance by the church. The volume also excursus on "Church and State in Luke-Acts" and a concluding chapter on hermeneutics.

Author Biography

Walter E. Pilgrim is Professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Ethic of Subordinationp. 7
Pauline, Post-Pauline, and Related Textsp. 7
The Textsp. 8
Loyalty Traditions in Judaism and in Early Christianityp. 22
Critique: Interpreting Romans 13 and Related New Testament Traditionsp. 27
Summaryp. 36
Ethic of Critical Distancing: Jesus and the Gospelsp. 37
Methodp. 37
Jesus' Public Ministryp. 41
The Passion Narrativesp. 98
Summary: Jesus' Ethic of Distancing in the Gospelsp. 123
Excursus: Church and State in Luke-Actsp. 125
Ethic of Resistance: The Book of Revelationp. 145
Historical Settingp. 145
Letters to the Seven Churches (Revelation 2-3)p. 149
The Understanding of the Statep. 151
The Church's Responsep. 161
Summaryp. 178
Church and Government from the New Testament to the Presentp. 181
Summary Statementsp. 181
A Proposed Paradigm for the Church's Response Todayp. 187
A Paradigm for Church-State Relationsp. 192
Epiloguep. 211
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 213
Index of Authorsp. 223
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