1790. From the past like the present

From wolin politics and vision

Consider, too, the political implications of the Reformation as a broad movement of revolt directed against an established order, a revolt whose success depended upon radicalizing the masses into disaffection with existing authorities and institutions. The perfecting of the arts of popular leadership and the tendency to blur the line between sys-tematic theology and popular ideology—it was as though the guardians had ven-tured to combine the roles which Plato had carefully distinguished: the thinker-statesman, for whom the public had to be shaped to the demands of truth, and the politician, for whom truth had to be accommodated to the mood and wants of the public.

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