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Political Thought: A Student's Guide (Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition) Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Political Thought is a wonderful introduction to the study of politics. Hunter Baker writes as a true teacher, offering not only rigor and clarity but also a personal touch. He shows his reader that the study of political thought is not just an abstract exercise for dreary academics, but an application of practical reason to the question of how we are to live together in freedom and order to advance the common good. While introducing the student to the greatest political philosophers in history, Professor Baker takes great care in showing the indelible marks these thinkers have left on our civilization, and how they, for good or ill, have shaped the way Christians should critically assess their place in civil society and its political institutions.”
—Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
“What is the purpose of politics? How should we order our lives together? In lively and engaging prose, Hunter Baker surveys the answers that great thinkers have given to these enduring questions. His book is an excellent, accessible introduction to the fundamental themes of political discourse—and to why these matter for the rising generation.”
—George H. Nash, author, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945
“Hunter Baker provides an accessible and insightful primer on the various streams of thought and action at play in American public life. A notable merit of Baker’s work is that it examines clear alternatives while at the same time doing justice to the dynamic variety in and between different schools of thought. Baker paints a clear and compelling picture of the political landscape and in so doing provides a valuable service both for those learning about politics for the first time and for those seeking a refresher and a summary of political thought.”
—Jordan J. Ballor, Research Fellow, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty; author, Ecumenical Babel
About the Author
Hunter Baker (PhD, Baylor University; JD, University of Houston) is associate dean of arts and sciences at Union University and has written for a wide variety of publications including The American Spectator, National Review Online, Christianity Today, and the Journal of Law and Religion. Baker is also the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award conferred by the Acton Institute for outstanding scholarly research into the relationship between religion, economic freedom, and the free and virtuous society.
David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) has been president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, since 1995. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal and Theologians of the Baptist Tradition.
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Political Thought is divided into three sections, the first introduces students to the basic ideas in political philosophy. The second chapter analyzes the major themes and goals of politics, namely, order, freedom and liberty, and justice. Baker concludes this section by attempting to describe good politics in a way that any classical liberal, that is, a modern day conservative/libertarian, would appreciate, as an attempt to maximize personal liberty while also providing security and ensuring justice prevails. Finally, Baker concludes in his third section by discussing the Christian contributions to political thought. Political Thought is, as the series name suggests, first and foremost a Christian resource for Christian students, and comes from a conservative Christian perspective.
This is obviously great for students but also great for adults who either haven't been exposed to these writers and thinkers or who find their memory of the subject a little rusty. Anyone who takes politics and civic engagement seriously would do well to read this book and think about the issue it raises. If more people did so our politics and conversations would much better for it.
In the last section of the book, he writes specifically to the Christian student. It felt awkward for me to see him mention "satanic rebellion", which means, unfortunately, this helpful little book may not make it into public libraries. His conservative beliefs were mostly held back until the very end when he was writing to an audience I presume would agree with him.
This book successfully provoked me to seek to learn more about this topic I know so little about.
I received this book for free in return for my review.
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A great introductory book on Political Theory. He takes a complex sunject and makes it easy to understand.Published 5 months ago by LDD
The topic is too important to be ignored. I recommend this book. I liked the quick service and fast delivery by this store. Thanks.Published 16 months ago by moises nadal
Great book as an introduction to Political Thought; this is a book for everyone and not just college students. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by J.J.