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tyrannicide


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The murder of a tyrant whose rule has become insupportable. Some Christians hold that it is unjustifiable on the ground either that all killing is forbidden or that force is invested by Divine authority in the de facto civil government. Most hold that rebellion, including tyrannicide, is defensible in conditions when, if the oppressor were an alien, war would be justified, and provided that the grievance is considerable and circumstances offer no milder means of redress.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.


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