Divine Right of Kings


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Divine Right of Kings

The authority of a monarch to rule a realm by virtue of birth.

The concept of the divine right of kings, as postulated by the patriarchal theory of government, was based upon the laws of God and nature. The king's power to rule was derived from his ancestors who, as monarchs, were appointed to serve by God. Regardless of mis-conduct, a king or his heir could not be forced to forfeit the right to the obedience of subjects or the right to succeed to the throne. This concept was formulated to dispel any possibility of papal and ecclesiastical claims to supremacy in secular as well as spiritual matters.

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The divine right of kings doctrine claims that all powers and principalities are ordained by God, using theology for its purposes, though rarely does it rely on a fully revelatory political theology.
The divine right of kings fell with Charles I's head in 1649 and since then we have developed a constitutional monarchy that is largely ornamental.
In the sixteenth-century absolute monarchy and the divine right of kings influenced the church.
It is the law of the land -- much as the divine right of kings was once the law of the land.
Paul also argued for the divine right of kings and he expected Jesus to return almost immediately.
Between them, West, Troughton and Burke show us naivety, pride and wisdom in a play which makes much of the divine right of kings.
It was Tyndale who introduced the idea of the divine right of kings into England, giving Henry a new stick with which to beat the Pope in his fight to divorce Queen Catherine so he could marry Anne Boleyn.
This was published in 1690, some ten years after the celebrated debate in the House of Commons in which the Whig majority had championed the contract relationship against Tory support for the divine right of kings.
Worker tolerance for the divine right of kings and queens is nonexistent in today's workplace.
A coherent and determined battle which challenged the autocracy of unimpeded corporate rule, which made the case that limiting the power of giant corporations is the modem day equivalent of placing restrictions on the divine right of kings, could signal the beginning of the end of the quarter-century reign of terror imposed upon us by neo-liberalism.
As soon as it could be economically reproduced and distributed, writing became in Europe an irresistible force for equality: within three centuries after Guttenberg, modern science had been created, ecclesiastical authority had been reduced, the divine right of kings had vanished, and democratic forms of government had emerged.
He praised The Lion King and Forrest Gump, films that promote, respectively, the divine right of kings and stupidity as a survival tactic.