Christians and Civil Disobedience

Romans 13 tells Christians that they should be "subject to the authorities," but does this apply in all circumstances? If this was so, why was Paul in jail? This six-page background paper (originally published in 1991, revised in August 2001) examines the issue of civil disobedience from a Christian perspective.

Christians and Civil Disobedience looks at biblical texts and weighs arguments for and against civil disobedience. This paper can form the basis for thoughtful discussion among Christians on this important issue.