Wednesday, August 09, 2006

War, the State and the Church

Huw Raphael is at it again and there is a good discussion on the Chruch and war. I am getting ready to go out of town for a few days so I don't have time to continue my own reflections on this issue.
However, there was mention of whether or not there is a difficulty of being not only a soldier but a servant of the state and a Christian. I was doing some reading today and I remembered that Constantine (the one who supposedly got us all into this mess of Christian soldiers and just wars and empire) was baptized just before his death, and that at least according to the church history texts this was not an uncommon thing for some in the ancient church to do. Then I seemed to have this recolection that those who chose not to be baptized until close ot thier deaths, though having Chistian faith, were those who were of the class to serve as ministers of the state/empire. So, maybe there was a percieved contradiction between being baptized and serving the state? Its just a thought and I may be misremebering my history.