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Politics - According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture
A variety of perspectives exist within the Christian community when it comes to political issues and political involvement. This comprehensive and readable book presents a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to do good for the nation, evaluated in light of the Bible and common sense. In this ground-breaking book, recognized evangelical Bible professor Wayne Grudem rejects five mistaken views about Christian influence on politics: (1) 'compel religion,' (2) 'exclude religion,' (3) 'all government is demonic,' (4) 'do evangel-ism, not politics,' and (5) 'do politics, not evangelism.' He proposes a better alternative: (6) 'significant Christian influence on government.' Then he explains the Bible's teachings about the purpose of civil government and the characteristics of good or bad government. Does the Bible support some form of democracy? Should judges and the courts hold the ultimate power in a nation? With respect to specific political issues, Grudem argues that most people's political views depend on deep-seated assumptions about several basic moral and even theological questions, such as whether God exists, whether absolute moral standards can be known, whether there is good and evil in each person's heart, whether people should be accountable for their good and bad choices, whether property should belong to individuals or to society, and whether the purpose of the earth's resources is to bring benefit to mankind. After addressing these foundational questions, Grudem provides a thoughtful, carefully-reasoned analysis of over fifty specific issues dealing with the protection of life, marriage, the family and children, economic issues and taxation, the environment, national defense, relationships to other nations, freedom of speech and religion, quotas, and special interests. He makes frequent application to the current policies of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, but the principles discussed here are relevant for any nation.
By bob lewis "navcad56"
- November 17, 2010
I have long been a Grudem fan leaning heavily on his Systematic Theology and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Politics According to the Bible will occupy the opposing side to Jim Wallis' God's Politics.
I am personally in agreement with the author's position regarding the role of the believer in politics and appreciated his handling of the five opposing views regarding the believer's role. My discomfort with many of his observations and conclusions stem more from his view of the broad reach for the government in the life of the citizen. At the same time, it seemed to me he gives more attention to the public statements of the political parties as opposed to their actions over the past century or so. Platform statements are for propaganda purposes. What the parties have done is the evidence of what they believe. Seems as if there is a suggestion in scripture toward that end?
Still, the book is a great resource, especially the first four chapters... read more
Politics - according to Grudem: a comprehensive resource for understanding a very specific agenda
- March 24, 2011
Though the author claims his views "flow from the Bible", this book has a very specific agenda and biblical verses are just stuffed into pre-made arguments.
So here goes the (very) long version:
I am not an American (although I'm living here for a couple more years), and my political views differ diametrically from Dr. Grudem's. However, my 2-star rating is due to the simple fact that the book is nothing but ideological propaganda and is extremely inconsistent in its purpose to be "comprehensive resource for understanding modern political issues in light of Scripture" (and I will address that bellow).
First about the agenda: though the author claims his political views are "flowing from the Bible", he is honest enough to declare his purpose: "voting for Republicans for state and national positions is the best way - in fact, the only way known to me - to bring about a change". And the fact that this book was released weeks before the... read more
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