Orthodoxy and the Civil Disobedience Debate

December 18, 2009

There is nothing new about Christians deciding that, when political push comes to legal shove, they cannot render unto Caesar what they truly believe belongs to God. Nevertheless, it still makes news when believers vow to act on this conviction. “Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required,” proclaimed a coalition of Catholic,  Orthodox and evangelical Protestants on Nov. 20, in a 4,700-word “Manhattan Declaration.”

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