Publication Date: June 24, 2011
From the Pharaoh to the Most Christian KingDiscover an enriching, deeply researched new book from acclaimed French author and expert in religious studies, Sacred Royalty. This captivating book grants remarkable insight into the origin and nature of royalty, as seen through the lens of both ancient and modern societies.
Like with all of his works, Hani uses his background as a scholar of religion to illustrate the universal (catholic) truths of a topic, in this case "sacred authority." Starting with basic principles common to all traditions and then moving to the Hebrew and Christian traditions in particular, Hani shows that a concept of rule deriving from divine authority is not only normative for humanity, but essential to the proper functioning of a healthy society.
Republics and monarchies reflect two very different world views. The latter, which Hani explores in depth, has a sacral view of power where the ruler is invested with authority from above. In a republic, authority comes from the people (whose choice God can then “ratify” if you will) but the spell is broken. Hani lets us see this better world where the king was revered as God’s representative instead of a constitution, a piece of paper that in reality has absolutely failed to protect true liberty