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The Laws of God

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:05 pm

I was moved to look at the Queen's coronation oath and I note that it says:
Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?

Queen. All this I promise to do.


What are the Laws of God?
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby miner » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:13 pm

God only knows.
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby atticus » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:28 pm

What, then, are the Ten Commandments?
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:50 pm

Is "commandment" synoymous with "law"?
Are the capital letters significant?
Are "Laws" the same as "laws"?
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:34 pm

(1) Possibly. Given that this is an oath* which is impossible to enforce, that is a matter between the Queen and God.
(2) No (except to Freemen on the Land). The words of the Oath are set out in the Coronation Oath Act 1688, a time when capitalisation was a different kettle of fish. The words as set out in the Act are as follows:

The Arch-Bishop or Bishop shall say,
Will You solemnely Promise and Sweare to Governe the People of this Kingdome of England and the Dominions thereto belonging according to the Statutes in Parlyament Agreed on and the Laws and Customs of the same?
The King and Queene shall say,
I solemnly Promise soe to doe.
Arch Bishop or Bishop,
Will You to Your power cause Law and Justice in Mercy to be Executed in all Your Judgements.
King and Queene,
I will.
Arch Bishop or Bishop.
Will You to the utmost of Your power Maintaine the Laws of God the true Profession of the Gospell and the Protestant Reformed Religion Established by Law? And will You Preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of this Realme and to the Churches committed to their Charge all such Rights and Priviledges as by Law doe or shall appertaine unto them or any of them.
King and Queene.
All this I Promise to doe.
After this the King and Queene laying His and Her Hand upon the Holy Gospells, shall say,
King and Queene
The things which I have here before promised I will performe and Keepe Soe help me God.
Then the King and Queene shall kisse the Booke.


(3) Yes.

*Inasmuch as it is an oath at all.
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:03 pm

Since the Queen is our head of state, doesn't her Oath form the core of the constitution?
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:37 pm

No.
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby atticus » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:47 pm

What was it, other than perhaps the Holy Spirit, that moved the OP to consider the coronation oath? I cannot be the only one here who would like to know.
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:14 pm

I'm sure there is a terribly good reason.
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Re: The Laws of God

Postby dls » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:10 am

Whatever law it is, I doubt it is a constitutional one.
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