Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos

Antedating the Reformation teaching in Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos, Aquinas argued that Christians are “obliged to obey authority that comes from God but not that which is not from God…. Whoever seizes power by violence does not become a true ruler and lord, and therefore it is permissible when the possibility exists for someone to reject that rulership….”
 
早於宗教改革之前,中世紀的神學大家托馬斯 阿奎那在 Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos (對抗暴君)中說道,基督徒”有義務順從來自上帝的權柄,但沒有義務順服不是來自上帝的權柄…無論是誰,使用暴力獲得權力者都不是真正的統治者;因此,若有人抗拒這樣的權柄,這也是允許的。
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