Absolutism Essay 9

803 WordsNov 15, 20054 Pages
"God is holiness itself, goodness itself, and the power itself. In these things lies the majesty of God. In the image of these things lies the majesty of the prince." The thesis statement above by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet clearly illustrates the concept or theory of the ‘Divine Right of Kings' which basically argues that certain kings ruled because they were chosen (by God) to do so and that these kings were accountable to no person except God respecting only the fundamental laws. Because the monarch ruled with "absolute" or unshared power, the term ‘absolutism' came about. These kings are said to rule absolutely by the will of God. To oppose the king was equivalent to a rebellion against God. The king therefore was not to be…show more content…
We have learned from the mistakes and put to memory and into practice the lessons obtained. With regards to the statement "God is holiness itself, goodness itself, and the power itself. In these things lies the majesty of God. In the image of these things lies the majesty of the prince", I believe that its essence is in great part true. It's embodiment in the theory of the divine right of kings in absolutism however is in many ways as stated in the body of this paper is a subject for scrutiny and abuse. And so let it be our aim, our unending quest to continue to strive and achieve to attain a semblance of what it is to be truly in the image of

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