divine right of kings

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the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects

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After the Reformation, the application of political theology in the form of the divine right of kings begins to follow the patterns described by Schmitt.
Before the Democratic or Republican parties took shape, and even before Federalists and Anti-Federalists assembled their forces, the politics of the United States was defined by a party of revolution against the royal prerogative, the divine right of kings, and the corruptions of empire associated with unfettered monarchs.
In a time of the divine right of kings, there rose a monarch who did not allow absolute power to corrupt him.
While it may be wrong to consider Pascal a supporter of the divine right of kings, still it certainly looks as if Pascal's just commonwealth would be a theocracy, restraining both the will to dominate found in subjects and the ambition of the king.
Bush's pre-Age of Enlightenment belief in the archaic divine right of kings is wrong.
Theism was thereby perpetuated, along with other aspects of the supernatural, making way as time went on for the often brutal institutional authority of the church, the doctrine of the divine right of kings, male dominance, and the exploitation of Earth's resources.
The divine right of kings fell with Charles I's head in 1649 and since then we have developed a constitutional monarchy that is largely ornamental.
In the sixteenth-century absolute monarchy and the divine right of kings influenced the church.
It is the law of the land -- much as the divine right of kings was once the law of the land.
Paul also argued for the divine right of kings and he expected Jesus to return almost immediately.
Between them, West, Troughton and Burke show us naivety, pride and wisdom in a play which makes much of the divine right of kings.
This was published in 1690, some ten years after the celebrated debate in the House of Commons in which the Whig majority had championed the contract relationship against Tory support for the divine right of kings.
Worker tolerance for the divine right of kings and queens is nonexistent in today's workplace.