What Does Romans 13 Say About Civil Government?
A discussion of the main points of Gregory Baus’ article on the historical, confessionally Reformed view of Romans 13 and a Reformed view of stateless civil governance. Also there’s elaboration on lex talionis and the non-aggression principle, the Old Testament (Mosaic Covenant) theocracy, and establishmentarianism.
|01:02||Romans 13: A Reformed View of Stateless Civil Governance, by Gregory Baus
|01:22||Summary of preliminaries|
|02:22||Lex talionis and the non-aggression principle|
|05:43||distinction between civil governance (viz, administration of civil justice) and the ‘state’ (viz, territorial monopoly on coercion and final say)|
|06:53||summary overview of article;
Reformed Political Resistance annotated bibliography
|07:41||an issue of exegesis, not political theory|
|09:00||major point: the default providential view is inconsistent with the passage and other Scripture passages, was rejected by the Reformed churches in their confessions, and contrary to sanctified common sense|
Gospel on Tap
Daniel 3 Biblical Anarchy
|10:00||documentation from Reformed confessions; no obligation to submit to unjust rulers or unjust laws|
|12:58||Why isn’t old (Mosaic) covenant a violation of the non-aggression principle and a model for civil governance in new covenant era? And why do we affirm disestablishmentarianism?
Against Civil Establishment of Religion
Hodge’s full article
|18:51||summary of history of establishmentarianism|