Machiavelli: Liberation Theologian

by Elias Blum

Machiavelli is not only a much-misunderstood political philosopher, but also a very practical, hard-headed theologian of freedom and justice. We must neither fall into the despair of thinking that God is unconcerned with great causes of justice and liberation, not sit back and just wait for God to act without us. We have to actively co-operate with God in the mission of bringing peace, freedom and justice to the world. Work and pray. Trust God, and keep your powder dry. Be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.