Did the Devil come up with the separation of church and state?

From Greg Boyd’s ReKnew:

I encourage you to read this article. In it, Rick Perry claims that the idea of the separation of the church and state is from Satan, and he and others will next week embark on a 40 days to save America campaign, which (as far as I can tell) means “40 days to save America from Obama” campaign.

Seems to me Perry got it exactly wrong. Satan is the one who tried to get Jesus to identify his kingdom with the kingdoms of this world, and even offered to let him run the whole thing. Thankfully, Jesus had the wisdom to refuse the offer (LK 4:5-7). He knew that his kingdom “was not of this world” (Jn 18:36).

There are a few things Perry and his folks get right. For example, we should pray for our country. Just remember to pray for all others as well. READ THE REST HERE.


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  • Mason

    Well I don’t think there is any reason to pustulate Satan as the motivating factor behind the separation of church and state, the desire of the leaders of post-enlightenment nation states to consolidate political power and claim moral (and eschatological) authority from the religious authorities is reason enough for that shift. However, I do think that the separation of church and state would be unintelligible in Jesus’ first century context. Better perhaps to say he had a different idea of what politics ought to look like than that he was being apolitical in some sense.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Thanks for posting this. I made much the same point on my blog, that if one is going to blame Satan for something related to the separation of church and state, it would be the attempt to put church and state in bed together, not the effort to keep the two apart. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/09/possibly-the-most-interesting-pact-with-the-devil.html