Monday, March 19, 2007

Church, state and medieval history

Part of my weekend was spent doing some research for the church history class I'm taking. We've made it to the middle ages, which is a fascinating although disturbing period of time. The church at the time was a wreck - corrupt popes, even more corrupt emperors, and a near inseparability's of secular and spiritual authority.

It also led many of us in the class to a new appreciation of separation of church and state. Part of what led to the Inquisition was the thought that being a good citizen of the empire meant being a Christian. And if you weren't Christian, you were somehow subverting the government.

Somehow the church still stands. All I can do is marvel at how God works despite the best (or worst) efforts of people.

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