Saturday, 4 June 2016
Church And State
"'It sets the Church above the state: as is fit and proper, of course.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XVIII, section 2, p. 360.
Oh no, it isn't, Corentinus. The state, which can be made democratic, should protect equally everyone within its borders irrespective of their religion or lack of it. Church and state must be separate. As I understand it, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, wanted clergy to be tried in, more lenient, Church courts and everyone else to be tried in the King's courts for the same offenses whereas Henry II wanted everyone tried in his courts. I would support Henry. Anderson's Time Patrol series presents the view that the unresolved medieval church-state conflict had beneficial consequences - but it was still a struggle for power between two groups of men.
Of Rufinus' drowning, Corentinus says:
"'Poor Rufinus. A ghastly ending. I'll pray for him. He just may had time to see the Light.'" (ibid.)
Again, come off it, Corentinus. Rufinus would not have converted to Christianity at the moment of death nor should any deity expect him to. If there is a hereafter, then let Rufinus approach the Light there.