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By John Zmirak, The Stream, August 30, 2022

John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”

Having in this series surveyed thousands of years of Western history, we’ve searched out the roots of resistance to tyranny deep in the Hebrew Bible, the moral foundation of our culture. We’ve traced the growth and change of attitudes toward freedom and the government in the New Testament, the early Church, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation.

We have seen how the Christian vision of the human person, dropped into the world with the Incarnation of Jesus, sent ripples down through history. It taught Christians in the catacombs to defy self-divinized emperors. It told hunted religious minorities in places like England and France to follow their consciences, at risk of being burned alive by tyrannical authorities. …

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