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Comparing The Separation Of Church And State: Present, Past And Future

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The Separation of Church and State: Present, Past and Future
The government should have no control over the church. The separation of church and state has been an important issue for hundreds of years and still is today. Looking at the separation of church and state, the history between the two and the issues that may arise in the future can help in the decision on why the government should have no control over the church.
The government should have no control over the church because of the separation of church and state. In Daniel Dreisbach’s Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State, Dresibach shares what Jefferson said: “’Legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
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The Bible is the authority for faith and practice for Baptists, and Baptists believe that the Bible supports church autonomy.” Baptists have no authority figure to hand down how to run the services or give what to believe, but abide only by the Bible. In Revelation chapters 2-3, the seven churches selected their own methods. In Acts 6:3-6, the churches selected their own way of church membership; in Acts 13:1-3, who works what specific ministries; and in Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, even disciplined their own members when needed. There was no external or outside control, direction or guidance given, only the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is head of the Baptist church.
The government should have no control over the church because of the history between the two. Good writes “The pattern of true religious liberty was finally developed by the famous Baptist preacher Roger Williams, when he started the first Baptist church in America, after being banished from the state of Massachusetts. His concepts of the church and state in his church in Rhode Island issued the very first government to grant full religious freedom.” Even back then, there was a problem between church and state. Thanks to Roger Williams, there is now freedom to choose which church or denomination to be a part
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King Philip IV (1285-1314) and Pope Boniface VIII debated on if the king had the power, without Boniface’s approval, to tax the church and also over which court the church be sent to. Boniface was later arrested by King Philip IV, which showed just how powerful he had become. At the beginning of the Revolution, the French kings had all the power over the government, economy, and even the church, while the people were left with no established rights. In 1679, King Louis XIV (1643-1715) issued a series of over 125 documents limiting the Huguenots liberties. Trying to stop the rebellion, Cardinal Richelieu updated the Edict of Nantes with the Peace of Alais. The Huguenots got their civil and religious rights back, but lost their fortified towns and armies, leaving the threat of losing all their freedoms. Reasons why the government should have no involvement with the church can be seen by looking at the history between the church and government in England. The Act of Supremacy recognized King Henry VIII as the ‘supreme head’ of the English church, meaning that one man now had both political and religious power, each making the other stronger. Thomas Moor, chief advisor for the King, was killed for opposing the King’s actions against the church. King Henry, in the end, took complete control over all English religion and
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