The peaceable, tolerant community and the legitimate role of the State: ethics and ethical dilemmas in Romans 12.1 - 15.13

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Title: The peaceable, tolerant community and the legitimate role of the State: ethics and ethical dilemmas in Romans 12.1 - 15.13
Author: Horrell, David G.
Citation: 100(1), pp.81-99
Publisher: Review and Expositor
Journal: Review and Expositor
Date Issued: 2003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/48034
Links: http://www.rande.org/winter03.htm
Abstract: These four chapters of Romans constitute a coherent section of ethical instruction which aims to foster the solidarity of the Christian community, to legitimate a degree of diversity in its convictions and practices, and also to advise Christians on relations with outsiders, specifically with the state. The community so envisioned, which unites Jew and Gentile without erasing their differences, is an embodiment of the gospel presented throughout Romans. Particular attention is given to the notorious Rom 13.1-7 and to the place of this text in its literary context. While the Christian community is presented as a non-conformist, non-violent community (Rom 12.2, 17-21), the text also sanctions the use of force on the part of the state (Rom 13.4). Thus it raises difficult questions concerning the ways in contemporary readers, whose membership of the Christian church does not preclude participation as citizens of their societies, should discern their responsibilities.
Type: Article
Keywords: Bible. N.T. RomansEthicsStateCommunitySocietyPaul, the Apostle, SaintAuthority
ISSN: 0034-6373
Funders/Sponsor: von Humboldt Foundation


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