Like the divine right of kings
, it is an increasingly archaic mandate, imposed on an organic system capable of self-governance.
Islam effectively moved from a medieval system of religion and politics to what amounts to a latter-day version of the Divine Right of kings
Indeed, James's success in imposing his theoretical position on the relation between common law and equity has been his most lasting influence on Anglo-American society, and has survived, mutatis mutandis, long after the demise of the divine right of kings
As I understand it, the Protestant Reformation and John Knox's Kirk held for the first time that there was no divine right of kings
and that it was the people's right to choose their church leaders.
Until we make the distinction between what Episcopal Bishop John Spong calls "Christendom" and true Catholicism, the perversions of absolute monarchy, like the divine right of kings
to deflower virgins, will continue.
Well - he'll just ignore it and rule through the divine right of kings
In the sixteenth century, various segments of the Church's own sons and daughters rose "in protest" against her: some against her belief that good works and not "faith alone" are required for salvation (Lutheranism); others against her belief in a God that seeks to save all men rather than one who destines some to eternal damnation (Calvinism); and others still against her rejection of the Absolute Divine Right of Kings
, according to which a monarch is subject to no earthly authority and answers only to God (Anglicanism).
A growth in a theory of the divine right of kings
led to arguments that there might be a right to rebellion against a tyrannical king.
Prime ministers and cabinets arrogantly believe they possess the divine right of kings
Charles I believed in the Divine Right of Kings
and tried to rule without Parliament which was dominated by the Puritans.
The regalia was re-created for Charles the Second, who went a bit more lightly on the divine right of kings
bit, remembering, no doubt, what had befallen his father.
Nobody claims Queen Elizabeth II was born beneath a rainbow, for example, but she does hold her exalted position thanks to the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings