Wenn der Staat die Quelle allen Rechts wird

Rule in the state thus in fact goes to those with power, and in this stronger party the right of the stronger celebrates its dubious triumph not only de facto but also in theory. With that falls the boundary that divides civil authority as the power ordained by God from the people, the society, subordinated by God to that authority. Both are swallowed up in the one all-sufficient state, and that state puts itself in the place of God. The state becomes the highest power and at the same time the source of all right. Government no longer exists because of sin, but the state exists as the supreme ideal of human society, a state before whose apotheosis every knee must bow, by whose grace everyone must live, to whose word everyone must be subject, … the one all-providing state in which all human energy is channeled and seeks to come into ist own.

James D. Bratt. Abraham Kuyper. A Centennial Reader. Eerdman: Grand Rapids 2002. S. 392.

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