State Power, Church Power / On Strange Objections to Classical Protestant Politics

Are these misunderstandings caused by ideological blindness, willful misrepresentation, inability to understand the sources, fear of, or revulsion toward, that which is unfamiliar, or something else? I don’t know, but I have seen two commonly repeated errors. The first is that the classic Protestant understanding of the civil magistrate implies a merging of church and state. The second is that it places far too high an expectation on what the civil magistrate can accomplish.

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