Is no authority except that which god has established

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is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1, NIV). St. Paul’s rationalefor obedience to government was seen as God being the ultimate authority who has put theseleaders in the position that they are in and they deserve the respect and authority that Godallowed them. St. Paul also explains this in the bible when he says “whoever rebels against theauthority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgmenton themselves” (Romans 13:2).John Locke was an English philosopher and political theorist and laid much of thegroundwork for the Enlightenment. Locke’s source for political legitimacy was from natural law.He claimed that all men and women are naturally free and equal for the justification ofunderstanding legitimate political government (Tuckness, 2016). Locke also states the
importance of government by saying it was created for the well being of the common good,along with the rights of the people (Tuckness, 2016). Due to his stance on political legitimacy,his rationale for obedience to the government included that there were moral truths that appliedto the people no matter their agreements. Since the government was created for the people, whena government fails in any way, the citizens have the right to resist and replace the current

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Term
Fall
Professor
Chris McGovern
Tags
World History, Political Philosophy, John Locke, United States Declaration of Independence, Allen E Buchanan, political legitimacy

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