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Resistance and Rebellion

October 17th, 2022 | 27 min read

By Glenn Moots

(Excerpted from Protestant Social Teaching published by the Davenant Institute. Used with permission.)

As the Reformation took hold throughout Europe, much ink and blood was spilt over the question of what is right to do when the government is wrong. As a movement that challenged Roman Catholic civil authorities and established Protestant ones, the Reformation prompted many occasions to consider the who, what, when, and why of disobeying, resisting, or replacing civil authorities. Armies were raised and polemics written in this cause. The impact was felt centuries later—even into the American Revolution.

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