Christianity and Limited Government

Although Christianity could and historically did coexist with any type of political order that provided religious toleration, including monarchies, aristocracies, dictatorships, and democracies, its belief in love of neighbor, human dignity and rights, and separation of church and state predisposed it to advocate for a government that was limited and based upon law, particularly natural law, which was objective truth born of God-given reason and experience. The American constitution is an example of such a law. It has helped evolve a political order that reflects core Christian values and beliefs. Today, many in the United States, including those who call themselves Christians, are moving away from those values and beliefs, embracing lies, ignorance, and intolerance, and, wittingly or unwittingly, opening the door to what Hobbes called the Leviathan state.


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Dennis J. Dunn is an award-winning scholar and author of a new historical fiction novel set against the background of the 1930s, World War II, and the Cold War. He is a retired Regents Professor of history who has written six books, published by leading academic presses, on American-Soviet Relations, the Catholic Church in Russia, and religiously-influenced values.

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