The debate on the role of the Church and the secular nature of
the State has been particularly inflammatory in recent years. But how did the
dispute evolve in the West as concerns the legitimate spheres of influence of
the Church and the State? Everyone is familiar with Jesus' famous remark in
the Gospel of Mark: "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's,
and unto God the things that are God's". This book attempts to describe
the tortuous path along which the relationship between material and spiritual
power has evolved over the centuries and the ways in which Christ's dictum has
been interpreted throughout history. From the rise of Christianity to the advent
of modern states, the author supplies a comprehensive and intriguing portrait
of a complex and ever-changing relationship.
Marco Rizzi teaches Ancient Christian Literature at the Catholic University in Milan.
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