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Single Idea 19908

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 7. Changing the State / c. Revolution]

Full Idea

It is plain that shaking off a power which force, and not right, hath set over any one, though it have the name of rebellion, yet it is no offence against God.

Gist of Idea

Rebelling against an illegitimate power is no sin


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 196)

A Reaction

[He cites Hezekiah at 2 Kings 18.7] At this time the English Civil War was referred to as the 'Great Rebellion' (so this is an interesting and brave remark of Locke's), though few people would think that Charles I had illegitimate power.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.217