Eight hundred years ago the Great Charter, the Magna Carta was written, and we still are enjoying the benefits of it today.
Simply put, this hugely significant document helped secure genuine democratic reforms, restrictions on government powers, equality and freedom under law, and other vital social goods we often take for granted today.
As Lynda Rose of Voice for Justice in the UK put it:
On 15 June 1215, with England on the brink of civil war, King John met with the barons at Runnymede and put his seal to what was in effect a peace treaty: Magna Carta. Today, that Charter has become one of the most celebrated and influential documents in history, rightly seen as the foundation for Democracy worldwide.
Lord Denning described it as “…the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.”
What is not so well known is the overwhelming influence of the Christian church on this vitally important document. Australian law professor Augusto Zimmermann explains the Christian roots:
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