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Antonin Scalia V. Jonathan Edwards: Romans 13 And The American Theology Of State

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In Romans 13 the passage in which Paul seems to tell the Roman community that civil obedience is a good theological virtue since God stands behind earthly rulers, has been a source of no little consternation for interpreters throughout the Christian tradition, perhaps because Paul himself was executed by powers that be in Rome soon after writing this letter. Scalia and Edwards, taken together, serve as a perfect example of instability, the absence of an inexorable linearity in American religious history. Undoubtedly, each is an influential player in American religious discourse; and each, like Kieschnick, has redeployed the language of Romans 13 for what we might call an American theology of state. But the significance of their respective Pauline interventions is not that a long-suffering American Hezbollah has finally come into its own, but rather that the history between Edwards and Scalia is no indication of a shared intellectual heritage.

Keywords: American religious history; American theology of state; Antonin Scalia; Christian tradition; Jonathan Edwards; Paul; Roman community; Romans 13



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