Lecture 3

Lecture 3 - American Heritage September 7, 2011 September...

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American Heritage September 7, 2011
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September 7, 2011 Add/Drop deadline is Monday, September 12 th by 5:00 pm Review Room 173A SWKT is open. You can attend a review at any hour between 9:00 and 4:00, not just your TAs’ hours. Essay #1 due Thursday, September 8 th or Friday, September 9 th Constitution Day Lecture Don’t forget to follow on Twitter!
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Ideas Matter!
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Today’s Objectives Establish the connection between who we think we are (ideas) and the ways communities organize (govern) themselves. Review how who we think we are often comes from our religious beliefs Show how these beliefs shape some of the first communities and their governments in the “new world.”
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When is it okay for the government to claim power and to act? Legitimacy and Government
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Avenues to Legitimacy Our understanding of legitimacy depends, in part, on our conception of the origins of political power.
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Where does government get its power?
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Historical Options Divine right of kings (God or gods) Theocracy (God or gods) Aristocracy (The Wise . .. or the Wealthy?) Democracy (The People)
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Clip on Legitimacy Legitimacy: What are the stories or the rules we use to justify and establish who gets to rule?
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Pre-Reformation Legitimacy
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Luther Clip Is there an intermediary between the citizen and deity? How much could the individual be said to be subordinate to the state and to the Church?
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Luther’s Answers to Age-old Questions How is a person saved? What is the source of religious authority?
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Luther’s Answers to Age-old Questions What is the Church? What does it mean to be a Christian?
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Doctrine Faith alone saves. Faith arises from reading the scriptures.
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