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Augustinus oor staat (en kerk)

J.H. van Wyk
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 4 | a615 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i4.615 | © 2000 J.H. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published: 15 August 2000

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J.H. van Wyk, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Augustine’s views on state (and church)

It is no easy task to assess Augustine’s views on state and church as there are as many interpretations as there are interpreters to these issues. From a study of Augustine himself, and especially his De civitate dei, it becomes evident that he did not follow the Manichean, Donatist or Tertullian view of total separation, neither the Origean, Eusebian or Ambrosian view of (a close) co-operation, but that he developed his own view which can be typified as critical realism. Sin, social context and the kingdom of God played a decisive role in forming his final perspectives – although we have to admit that in the Donatist disputes Augustine’s attitude was very controversial.


Augustines View Of The Church; City Of God; Justice; Relation Between State And Church; Augustines View Of The State


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