On Political Theology

This page is currently a collection of the webpages on RBO related to political theology.
We hope to add much more in the future.

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“There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy…”

James 4:12

“For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…  For he is the minister of God to thee for good.”

Rom. 13:1,4

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Topics Below

On Civil Government  3
On Erroneous Political Views  3
On Civil Laws  5
On Authority & its Abuse  6+
The State & Religion  8
Church-State Relations  10
On Dissent  2
On Ethics  6+
The Ethics of Particular Civil Issues  6
The Family & the State  3

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On Civil Government

Civil Government

Constitutionalism

This is about Church constitutions, but the same principles apply civilly.

‘Civil Magistrate’  in Works Against the Roman Apologist Robert Bellarmine

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On Erroneous Political Views

Contra Libertarianism

Contra Socialism, Communism, etc.

On Toleration & Pretended Liberty of Conscience

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On Civil Laws

On Positive Laws & Ordinances, & the Law of Nations

On the Ordinances, Order & Policy of the Church

While Church government and civil government are significantly different, yet both are only capable of enforcing positive ordinances of good order.  As this is the case, the principles on this page are very pertinent to a philosophy of civil law.  Read especially the Introduction. 

The General Equity of the Old Testament Civil Laws

On Jurisprudence

On the Civil Magistrate’s Just Authority for Restraining the Congregating of Citizens, even the Church, & Quarantining, etc., with Sufficient Natural Warrant, according to God’s Moral Law

Whether Ladies have the Right to Vote for Church Officers

While this page mainly pertains to the Church (one article addresses the civil question), many of its principles apply to civil voting (though ecclesiastical and civil voting are not completely parallel).

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On Authority & its Abuse

How Far the Laws & Commands of Human Authorities Bind the Conscience

That the Mere Will, Determination, Judgment or Saying So of Authorities is an Insufficient Ground of Faith & Obedience, & that Authorities are Never to Act or Require Something without a Naturally, Morally or Spiritually Sufficient Reason, & that Manifest to Consciences

On Arbitrary Laws & Commands

On Implicit, or Blind Faith & Obedience

On Passive Obedience

On the Ethics of Material Cooperation & Associations with Evil

Resistance to Tyranny

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The State & Religion

The Civil Magistrate’s Authority Around Spiritual Things (Circa Sacra)

The Extent of Christ’s Mediatorial Kingdom

This deals with historic Two-Kingdom theology and the erroneous modern version of the same.

Difference of Religion does Not Make Void the Magistrate’s Authority

Social Covenanting

The Westminster Divines on Social Covenanting

Defenses of Scottish Covenanting & the Indulgence & Occasional Hearing Controversies, 1661-1688

Common Grace

Neo-Calvinism

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Church-State Relations

Church-State Relations

The Civil Magistrate’s Authority Around Spiritual Things (Circa Sacra)

The Interpretation & Defense of the Original Westminster Standards

The Establishment Principle

The Establishment Principle in the American Westminster Standards & the Early American Colonies & States

Ecclesiocracy

Erastianism

Voluntaryism

How Far the Church May Speak to Civil Issues

On the Civil Magistrate’s Just Authority for Restraining the Congregating of Citizens, even the Church, & Quarantining, etc., with Sufficient Natural Warrant, According to God’s Moral Law

On the Immunities & Non-Immunities of the Church with Respect to the Civil Government

Tithes & Offerings

Besides by offerings, the Biblical and classic reformed view of the Post-Reformation was that the magistrate was morally bound to financially provide for the material welfare of the True Religion in the land.

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On Dissent

Difference of Religion does Not Make Void the Magistrate’s Authority

Against Separation from Impure Civil Governments

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On Ethics

On Ethics & Virtue

On the Relations Between the 1st & 2nd Tables of the Law

Natural Law

On the Conscience

Cases of Conscience

On Things Indifferent (Adiaphora)

On the Ethics of Material Cooperation & Associations with Evil

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The Ethics of Particular Civil Issues

On Oaths & Vows

During a Time of Spreading Disease

‘For Civil Magistrates’  in Historic Reformed Quotes on Social Distancing & the Adaptation of the Church in a Time of Spreading Disease

Advice to Magistrates During a Plague: the Reformed Treatise of von Ewich, 1582

The Right of Continued Protest unto the Truth

This page is mostly about the Ecclesiastical context, but it applies equally to civil society.

Slavery

On War

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The Family & the State

Family

Marriage

‘Civil & Church Governments are by Positive Law, but not the Family’  in On Positive Laws & Ordinances, & the Law of Nations

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