The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 1

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SECTION I: That a Man is the Image of God after the Soul and not after the Body; and how he is restored and reformed thereto that was misshapen by Sin
SECTION II: That Jews and Pagans and also false Christians are not reformed effectually through the virtue of the Passion through their own Faults

These are chapters 1 to 3 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
This chapitle scheweth that a man is seid the image of God aftir the soule and not aftir the bodi.
Hou it nedide to mankynde that oonli thorugh the passioun of oure Lord it schulde be restorid and reformed that was forsaken bi the first synne.
That Jewes and paynymes and also fals Cristene men are not reformed effectuali thorugh vertu of this passioun for here owen defaute.

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I believe what you are referring to is Romans 13, where Paul advises that "everyone must submit themselves to the governing authorities" yada yada yada. This is probably the most reactionary sort of banter that anyone anywhere could come up with at any point in history, and again represents an appeal to a higher spiritual authority: here, "conscience". I would hardly call that "situation ethics"! That just seems lazy to me! What about those 8 years in Germany where neighbors continually disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again! Should we "bend" to their yoke as well? Who would listen to this slimy Rasputin?? And that was just the first page I flipped to! On Paul, I share the opinion of Nietzsche in the Antichrist: "The God that Paul invented for himself, a God who "reduced to absurdity" "the wisdom of this world" (especially the two great enemies of superstition, philology and medicine), is in truth only an indication of Paul's resolute determination to accomplish that very thing himself: to give one's own will the name of God, Torah - that is essentially Jewish... Against boredom even gods struggle in vain." [Antichrist (1888), sec 46-7]

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