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 consequences of viewing the Davidic monarchy as simply one, albeit the most illustrious, of the historical agencies of divine rule deserve closer scrutiny.
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This permission consists of the divine rules that constitute the very essence of the rule of law.
He was charged with abusing the nation's judges and bureaucrats and accusing them of being more loyal to the country's rulers than to divine rules and Prophetic traditions.
Daesh writes in its Twitter account that, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is stable and will remain firm with the help of God, Divine rules will be implemented by it and violated rights of Muslims will be regained".