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Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, and Andreas Hess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214994

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214994.001.0001

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Divided Loyalties

Divided Loyalties

(p.70) Lecture 6: Divided Loyalties
On Political Obligation

Judith N. Shklar

, Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess
Yale University Press

This chapter continues the debate about different interpretations of what it means to remain loyal to God, and the conflict such loyalty can establish and sustain between believers’ religious commitments and earthly powers. It looks particularly into the New Testament’s doctrine of obedience, exemplified in the case of Archbishop Becket and his conflict with King Henry II. The chapter ends with a comparison between Becket and Martin Luther King’s inner struggles over rival loyalties.

Keywords:   divided loyalties, tyrannicide, Archbishop Becket, Murder in the Cathedral (T.S. Eliot), Martin Luther King

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