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,”
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 assump-tions about several basic moral and even theological questions, such as whether God exists, whether absolute moral stan-dards 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 Republi-can parties in the United States, but the principles discussed here are relevant for any nation.
- Great content, bad editing
To echo David, the first reviewer, chapter 10 on the environment is accidentally left out and chapter 12 on foreign policy is repeated instetad. Also, the reading of chapter 9 on economics is poorly edited. Also, I don't think the reader accurately conveyed the author's tone. Having heard Grudem speak, he is very gracious in the way he comes across.
- Great Book with one exception
Love the content of this book. Chapter 10 on the Environment is not included in the MP3 version. Listening to Part 11 in the M4B version was disconcerting. The narrator often repeats words. Also, wait for 2:27:16 in Part 11 of the M4B section and you will be able to hear the narrator talk with the engineer about how they will substitute 'centigrade' and than repeating 'centigrade' numerous time caused me to burst out laughing when I heard them interacting. Clearly a poor edit job. Overall a great experience.
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