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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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IHEANACHO, Valentine Ugochukwu. Church and State: A conflicting collaboration. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-14. ISSN 2412-4265.

St Jerome, both in his wittiness and in his critique of the romance between the church of his time and the Roman Empire in the fifth century, believed that "The church by its connection with Christian princes gained in power and riches, but lost in virtues." The church and the state, whether in the past or in the present, have two particular things in common: peace and order. Both institutions detest disorder and rebellion, but ironically, in their efforts to bring about the desired peace and order, they often disturbed the peace through their quarrels and quibbles. With a keen sense of history, this essay studies the reluctance with which the church in the West and in the East embraced secular authorities in the civil administration of society for the sake of "peace" and "order."

Keywords : religion and politics; empire; papacy; plenitude of power; Byzantine and Russian Orthodox Churches.

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