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According to Augustine of Hippo, “True justice has no existence save in that republic whose founder and ruler is Christ.” Augustine went on to spell out in no uncertain terms what this means for a proper understanding of the nature and authority of governments: “Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor’ ” (City of God, Bk. II.21, IV.4).

The Politics of God and the Politics of Man – Reconstructionist Radio (Audiobook) Stephen Perks

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According to Augustine of Hippo, “True justice has no existence save in that republic whose founder and ruler is Christ.” Augustine went on to spell out in no uncertain terms what this means for a proper understanding of the nature and authority of governments: “Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor’ ” (City of God, Bk. II.21, IV.4).

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 1

    Introduction
    Section 1: Christianity and Politics
    Section 2: The Establishment Principle
    Section 3: The Function of the State
    Section 4: The Secular State and Persecution
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Excursus – Definition of Terms
    Section 1: Church
    Section 2: Religion
    Section 3: Politics, Political, Political Sphere, Political Realm
    Section 4: State, Civil Government, Magistrate
    Section 5: Multiculturalism
    Section 6: World-View

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Chapter 2

    Chapter 2

    The Politics of God and The Politics of Man
    Section 1: Politics and Religion
    Section 2: Politics as a General Category for Understanding the Christian Faith
    Section 3: Politics as a Specific Form of Social Action
    Section 4: Practising the Politics of God
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Excursus
    The Grammar of the Great Commission

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Chapter 3

    Chapter 3

    A Christian View of Social Order and the State
    Section 1: Absolute Power and Authority
    Section 2: The Christian Doctrine of Social Order
    Section 3: The Christian Doctrine of the State
    Section 4: Reforming the Modern State
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Excursus
    Section 1: Terms Used for Tax in the New Testament
    Section 2: The Terminology of the English Education System

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Chapter 4

    Chapter 4

    Total Depravity and Social Order
    Section 1: The Reformed Doctrine of the Reformers
    Section 2: The Roman Catholic Doctrine
    Section 3: That Modern Protestant Doctrine
    Section 4: The Armenian Doctrine
    Section 5: The Biblical Doctrine
    Section 6: Conclusion

    • 35 min
    Chapter 5

    Chapter 5

    Socialism
    Section 1: Historical Misconceptions
    Section 2: Socialism and Revolution
    Section 3: Socialism and Slavery
    Section 4: Socialism and Christianity
    Section 5: Capitalism and Christianity
    Section 6: Socialism as Religion
    Section 7: Socialism, Mammon and Patronage
    Section 8:  Conclusion
    Excursus – Some Neglected Aspects of Marxist Ideology
    Section 1: Marxist Communism and Socialism
    Section 2: Marxism and Sexual Communism
    Section 3: Marxist Communism and the Family
    Section 4: Marxism, Libertarianism and Idolatry
    Section 5: Marxism, Fascism and Socialism

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Chapter 6

    Chapter 6

    Communism in the New Testament
    Section 1: The Jerusalem Commune as a Political Paradigm
    Section 2: Communism, the Family and Economic Validity
    Section 3: The Jerusalem Commune Reconsidered
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Excursus
    Office, Ministry and the Ritualization of Christianity

    • 52 min

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