A critical assessment of the views of John Howard Yoder on the nature of the State

RTH Dolamo

Abstract


An in-depth study of the nature of the State is done by Yoder in his various publications and unpublished works and it concentrates on the biblical justification of the State that lends credence to the legitimacy of the institution. He probes the New Testament concept of powers that dwell on earth and rule human beings and the State is regarded as one of those powers that keep law and order. He points out that the State as an institution ordained by God has norms to adhere to and values by which to exercise its authority. Although Christians are citizens of their respective countries, they have nonetheless a set of rules that are embodied by the law of love. This argument is encapsulated in the exposition of Romans 13.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2002.v43n1.a18

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