Separation of Church and State as Proposed by the Anabaptist Essay

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LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE A NEEDED

REFORM PROPOSED BY THE ANABAPTISTS

SUBMITTED TO
DR. TIMOTHY McALHANEY
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
CHHI 525 – HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY 2
SECTION B13

BY DEAN GREGORY
STUDENT ID # XXXXXXXXXX

SUBMITTED ON
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 2 CHURCH AND STATE RELATIONS 2 THE BEGINNING 3 PRE-REFORMATION ABUSE 3 REFORMATION 4 POST-REFORMATION 8 CHURCH AND STATE SEPARATION 8 CONSLUSION 10 BIBLOGRAPHY 11

INTRODUCTION
Constantine changed the relationship between the church and the state from seeing the church as a threat to seeing the church as a way to bind a nation together.
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CHURCH AND STATE RELATIONS The church and state has had a changing relationship since the beginning of Christianity. This relationship at times was at odds with each other, but then worked together at different times. It can be related to a marriage in that during the honeymoon phase, each couple can be seen as trying to find out how to live with each other harmoniously. Then as time passes, there comes times when each couple faces struggles that puts them at odds with each other. The results from a long lasting marriage allow for each couple to handle certain tasks and allow the other to prosper.
THE BEGINNING Constantine can be seen as starting the honeymoon phase of the church and state relationship. Before Constantine, the church was under much persecution from the state as it was seen as a threat to the authority of the state. In 312, Constantine is reported to have had a “religious experience” before the battle of Milvian Bridge. Eventually in 313, Constantine persuaded Licinius to sign the “Edict of Malan” which allow the Christians freedom from persecution. The church would grow and the relationship with the state struggled to find balance as problems would soon arise from the combination of the church and state institutions. Klaassen writes of Constantine; “His actions of calling a council to

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