How Fantasy Comes True: Paul between Political Realism and Eschatological Fantasy

  • Niko Huttunen
Keywords: Apostle Paul, Authorities, Baptism, Equality, Law of the stronger, Romans 13

Abstract

In Romans 13 Paul toned down the revolutionary potential of Christianity connected with eschatological ideas like the kingdom of God. He was a kind of political realist and his spiritualizing tendency was not that of a social revolutionary. However, the spiritual change preached by Paul influenced attitudes and through them also social life far beyond the limits Paul could ever have imagined. In a sense, Paul’s eschatological fantasy comes true via spiritual change.

Author Biography

Niko Huttunen

Associate professor 
University of Helsinki, Department of New Testament Studies  
Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki, Finland 00100
e-mail: niko.huttunen@helsinki.fi 

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Published
2015-12-29
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HuttunenN. (2015). How Fantasy Comes True: Paul between Political Realism and Eschatological Fantasy. Stasis, 3(2). Retrieved from http://stasisjournal.net/index.php/journal/article/view/41