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the power of government and church2016-12-23

Hey, everybody! Recently I am reviewing our textbook. So some "old question" jump out. It`s about the power relationship between the government and the church.

Constantine`s policy has paved ways for the the pattern of politics and religion in Western Europe in the medieval times. Constantine fundamentally confirm that the emperor has the power to make decision in the dispute within the church.To maintain and strengthen their rule of the Emperor, it is necessary to firmly control the Church, making it a powerful tool for maintenance of unity of the Empire. Meanwhile, its own unity is very important. Therefore, government actively intervene in disputes within the Church to promote and preserve the unity of the Church. And this became Constantine`s inevitable choice to make Christianity serve the government.

If we say so, the power of government is far above the power of church and the church, under this circumstances, had become the tool of the government to enhance its ruling. Maybe, as far as I am concerned, it was the initial purpose of Constantine while afterwards, the power of church had been the spiritual pillar of the public and the government cannot control the church. So can we say that the government was his own gravedigger?

Dear fellows, what do you think about the power combat between the government and the church? Do you think it is necessary to create a so called enemy for himself?

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  • 周荣
    Thanks for your sharing! Actually, personally i believe that the power of the Church and the power of the government are different. Just as you've mentioned before, the power of church had been the spiritual pillar of the public. And the government, it's responsibility is to maintain the social stability and the people's stable life as well as for the interests of themselves. However, the Church and the government also have many things in common. For example, both of them want to keep the society stable. We an see that one of the spirits of the Church is to be peaceful, which will contribute to the stability of the sociality. And also, the government want to maintain the social stability in order to keep their ruling power and their interests. So by this means, sometimes the government will seek helps from the church. And the church also want to the society be stable, so the Church will work together with the government. However, sometimes they will conflict with the other. By this time, they have different interests, and they want to maintain their interests. But in most case, since the church don't want to gain power or some aggressive things like this, it won't behave so aggressive for the desire of power, just like the government.
    2016-12-23