Romano-Germanic Kingship

Again, from From Irenaeus to Grotius.

The O’Donovans are tracing the development of Christian political reflection after the time of Late Antiquity (post-Gregory the Great).

The Church found itself in a position of responsibility when Rome fell.

  1. Late Antiquity.
    1. Gothic warrior-rulers furnished a royal alternative to the divinizing emperor cult. It drew upon Ciceronian and senatorial conceptions of Roman Rule, and upon Augustine and Gregory.
  2. Post-Justinian Dark Age
    1. Gregory I was inspired by cataclysmic manifestations of God’s judgment and a sense of missional urgency.
    2. “Rule” (rector) was oversight and administration.  It is conformable to the pattern of Christ.  King David was a model.
  3. Carolignian Empire.
    1. Pope Stephen II (752-757) launched Western Christendom on a novel course when he appealed to Pippin of the Franks, ultimately bestowing upon him the title patricius Romanorum.
    2. This muted somewhat the opposition to the idea of a divinizing emperor cult, since the emperor was not invested with quasi-sacerdotal powers.
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