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Christian politics (index)

The subject of Christian politics is associated to many inter-related articles on Wikipedia. This alphabetical Index is intended to allow readers quick access to any or all of these subjects by providing a link to the article with the first few lines reproduced from the top of that article by way of its description.

See also, Christianity and politics.

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  • Anarchism: Christian anarchism is the belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable, the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of Jesus. Christian anarchists therefore feel that earthly authority such as government, or indeed the established Church do not and should not have power over them. Christian anarchists advocate pacifism.

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  • Communism: Christian communism is a form of religious communism centered around Christianity. It is a theological and political theory based upon the view that the teachings of Jesus Christ compel Christians to support communism as the ideal social system. There is no universal agreement on the exact date when Christian communism was founded; however, Biblical evidence suggests that the first Christians, including the Apostles, created their own small communalistic society in the years following Jesus' death. As such, many advocates of Christian communism argue that it was founded by the Apostles themselves.

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  • Democracy: Christian Democracy is a very heterogeneous political ideology, born at the end of the 19th century, largely as a result of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII, in which the Vatican recognized workers' misery and agreed that something should be done about it, in reaction to the rise of the socialist and trade-union movements. Christian Democracy has evolved considerably since then, and it is no longer a particularly Catholic ideology. Some Christian Democratic parties have their origins in other Christian denominations altogether. Christian Democracy sees economy as being at the service of humanity; however, it does not call the idea of capitalism itself into question. Nevertheless, the duty of the State to care for its citizens is of some importance for Christian Democrats. On issues of public morality and tradition, Christian Democrats are usually conservative.
  • Dominionism: Dominionism describes a movement among socially conservative Christians to gain influence or control over secular civil government through political action — seeking either a nation governed by Christians or a nation governed by a Christian understanding of biblical law.

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  • Taxation: A tax resister resists or refuses payment of a tax because of opposition to the institution collecting the tax. Often tax resistance comes from pacifist or religious groups, such as the Quakers, who choose not to fund violent government activities. (See also: Render unto Caesar...)

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