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Politics - According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture Hardcover – September 8, 2010
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"[Grudem's] biblically-based good sense overwhelms the nostrums of . . . the evangelical left." --Marvin Olasky, editor, World magazine
Conservative and hard-hitting both biblically and culturally, . . . [it covers] the whole waterfront of America's political debate with shrewd insight and strong argument . . . . An outstanding achievement! --J I Packer, Regent College, Vancouver,
"The fuzzy thinking . . . of many evangelicals is corrected in Wayne Grudem's biblical and irenic assessment of contemporary politics." --Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Seminary
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-- Timothy Goeglein, Vice President, External Relations, Focus on the Family
Written by the author of the bestselling theology text in the world, this book not only considers today's most pressing issues, but also details the purpose of civil government and how Christians might best influence government. Politics -- According to the Bible may be the most important book you can read on how the Bible supports conservative political positions.
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See more publications and audio and video lectures at www.waynegrudem.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I was not disappointed. Part one is a must read as it sets the foundation for what Grudem will detail throughout the rest of the book. It approaches his view of the Basic Principles of Politics as seen in scripture. He does a good job of talking about the Theocracy of the Old Testament and then how Jesus gives us a new view of Biblical thoughts regarding government.
Grudem states in the Introduction, "I support political positions in this book that would be called more 'conservative' than 'liberal.' . . . . It is important to understand that I see these positions as flowing out of the Bible's teaching rather than positions that I hold prior to, or independently of, those biblical teachings." I think it was important for him to state this fact so that we know that he may have had a different view of politics before he studied what the Bible had to say. I think he does a good job of also stating that he will take on some conservative, Republican, ideas as being wrong, because they don't square with the Bible.
After you have read Part 1 you can then start to read at random, depending on what topic is of most interest to you. The table of contents is extensive and helps you to find topics of interest to you that you can go directly to. I have read several of the topics I was interested in and found Grudem's work to be thought provoking.Read more ›
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 while his treatment of the sixty issues affords one a starting point in considering each point. Needs to be in the Christian's library
I recommend the book along with Chuck Colson's Kingdom's In Conflict, Gary DeMarr's God and Government series, Rushdoony's Law and Liberty, and Bhansen's By What Standard.
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 2010 elections was definitively NOT a coincidence.
Well, the fact is, he has the right to have his opinion. I respect that. He has the right to ask votes for his party. He has the right to thoroughly defend a very, very specific agenda. He has every right to have his opinions and enlist biblical verses that DO SUPPORT his opinions. But what annoys me as an Evangelical Christian is the distortion he makes does SO OFTEN of just throwing a verse REMOTELY related to the issue to support his own idea and imply that, if you don't agree with him, you are against the Bible (remember, the views described by him "flow from the Bible"). Just two examples:
Arguing that taxes should not be bigger for the richer, his biblical support is "you shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15). Really. Just like that.Read more ›
Put aside the question of why Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary, puts "the Gospel" in quotations for a moment and consider this very important question: how, precisely, does "the Gospel" work the multiples changes he claims it does? Is it not by the transforming power of the Cross of Jesus Christ?
I ask this all-important question because the fundamental flaw in his massive Politics According to the Bible is as follows: the cross is not mentioned. It is as though the death and resurrection of Jesus, the central event in human history, has nothing to do with the Bible's view of politics or the individual topics he chooses to cover. The Gospel, as he sees it, is "God's good news about all of life," the whole of God's teaching and not "not just `trust Jesus and be forgiven of your sins and grow in holiness and go to heaven.'" In Grudem's Politics God's good news is not merely the death and resurrection and its life-transforming power; the Gospel [is?] the Bible as whole.
Grudem's redefinition of the Gospel is critical for his Politics as it orients his understanding of politics and religion in the wrong direction entirely. Whereas the whole Bible leads to and from the central and climactic act in human history - the death of God and His resurrection - in a narrative manner, Grudem's Politics builds a biblical political theory devoid of narrative and empty of the cross.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't agree with absolutely everything that Wayne Grudem argues for in this book, and I would be glad to see some specific counterpoints to some of his arguments, but I admire... Read morePublished 5 days ago by JasonÂ AndersonÂ Park
I recommend this book to every christian. Great Theology, amazing application of the Bible in the Political life. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jonathan Almonte
Excellent, thought provoking book. This have helped me understand the history of our nation in light of scripture. A great resource.Published 24 days ago by Technoholic
Grudem is known for his thorough and logical thinking process. This text does not waver from his excellent writing style that is steadily permeated with biblical and real-life... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chaplain Keith Evans
Enjoyed this book, used for a youth Sunday school class to start teaching them how they can start changing the world by standing strong with the Bible in everyday discussions on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Curtis
A lot of information but well organized and clearly portrays the responsibilities that we as Christians have as citizens of this country.Published 2 months ago by Annetta J. Dale
"Politics According to the Bible" has an authoritative title, and its large size re-enforces that sense of authority. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jake Mitchell