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On The Glory Of The Ecclesiastical Kingdom

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This part begins with an analysis of the Church as a community in the light of book 1 of Aristotle's Politics. It considers that the Church is most rightly, truly and aptly called a kingdom. Now the Church is a kind of community, because she is a congregation or association or convocation of many believers. The kingdom of the Church is called orthodox, that is, rightly glorious; and David touches upon its glory when he says: "Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God"; which can be understood equally of the Church Militant and Triumphant. The Church therefore is rightly called, and is, holy. To this condition pertains that condition of the ecclesiastical kingdom by which it is called just and good, because it lives by the highest laws and by holy morals.

Keywords: Aristotle's Politics; Church; David; Ecclesiastical Kingdom



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