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Questioning Authority, Tolerating Dissent

Questioning Authority, Tolerating Dissent Dissent, Violence, and TolerationDissenz, Gewalt und ToleranzQuestioning Authority, Tolerating DissentBy Amy Nelson BurnettIn the summer of 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the right to gay marriage, a county clerk in Kentucky named KimDavis made national headlines by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gaycouples, saying she was acting under divine authority. The following Januaryan armed anti-government militia led by Ammon Bundy occupied a federalwildlife refuge in Oregon. Militia members claimed that they were taking astand against government tyranny, and they invoked the Book of Mormon tojustify their actions.These cases of resistance to the U.S. government in the twenty-first century may seem quite removed from the Reformations of the sixteenth century,but they raise the same fundamental questions about authority and dissentfaced by evangelical reformers. Who has the right to claim religious or political authority, what is the extent of that authority, and when can it be resisted?Martin Luther too questioned the authority of his ecclesiastical and politicalsuperiors, first during his private meeting with Cardinal Cajetan at Augsburgin 1518 and then more publicly and famously at the Diet of Worms in 1521.In highlighting political and economic grievances and citing the authorityof extra-biblical revelation to defend the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte - Archive for Reformation History de Gruyter

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Dissent, Violence, and TolerationDissenz, Gewalt und ToleranzQuestioning Authority, Tolerating DissentBy Amy Nelson BurnettIn the summer of 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the right to gay marriage, a county clerk in Kentucky named KimDavis made national headlines by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gaycouples, saying she was acting under divine authority. The following Januaryan armed anti-government militia led by Ammon Bundy occupied a federalwildlife refuge in Oregon. Militia members claimed that they were taking astand against government tyranny, and they invoked the Book of Mormon tojustify their actions.These cases of resistance to the U.S. government in the twenty-first century may seem quite removed from the Reformations of the sixteenth century,but they raise the same fundamental questions about authority and dissentfaced by evangelical reformers. Who has the right to claim religious or political authority, what is the extent of that authority, and when can it be resisted?Martin Luther too questioned the authority of his ecclesiastical and politicalsuperiors, first during his private meeting with Cardinal Cajetan at Augsburgin 1518 and then more publicly and famously at the Diet of Worms in 1521.In highlighting political and economic grievances and citing the authorityof extra-biblical revelation to defend the

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Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte - Archive for Reformation Historyde Gruyter

Published: Oct 26, 2017

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