Augustine on Governance - Dictionary of Arguments
Höffe I 96
Dominion/State/Augustine/Augustinus/ Courts: "What are (kingdoms) different, in so far as they lack justice, from great bands of robbers? They are groups of people who are under the leadership of a leader, join together by appointment to form a community and distribute their booty according to agreed law"(1).
Höffe I 100
Höffe: In relation to the personal salvation that is ultimately to be expected in the hereafter (...) the concern for just political institutions of the world of this world appears to be clearly secondary, as if it were extremely subordinate. Even more: Under Augustinian premises a pragmatic-realistic political thinking is as good as impossible.
Höffe I 107
Augustine votes for a veritable theocracy, for a rule of God, certainly not, as later Calvin in Geneva, for the secular rule of a church. His divine state is neither the model for an earthly community, nor does it contain a plea for the primacy of ecclesiastical over secular power. Augustine decouples religion from politics.
After all, it does not prepare the modern separation of church and state with its basic moral and political work. >State/Augustine.
1 Augustine, De civitate dei, The State of God, Book IV, Chapter 4_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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