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Political Legitimacy Summary The major events that have happened around the world over time have played major roles in the transformation of political thought. Political thought is the study of questions concerning power, justice rights, law, and many more issues that pertain to authority. There are four main “thinkers” that will be evaluated and they are St. Paul, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and Allen E. Buchanan. Each of these thinkers were living in different life times in the world and it will be evident that their sources of political legitimacy and rationale for obedience to government are distinctive. Even though they lived in different era’s and different major events, their ideas can all be comparable and every single one of them have a similar ambition. St. Paul was a very holy man and his ideas were emphasized through the word of God because his period of thought was during the Birth of Christianity. His source of political legitimacy came from religion. St. Paul used the word of God to teach law and it was his source of authority. Romans 13:1 says: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1, NIV). St. Paul’s rationale

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