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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are sections of this book that are uncannily timely . . . This can be a wonderful resource as we face growing tensions from an ever more powerful state."
--Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

"a sweeping, and inspiring, guide to politics and government .... [this book] will be on the desk next to the microphone in my radio studio" --Hugh Hewitt, professor of law and radio talk show host

"[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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"Precisely and exactly the call the rising generation needs to hear"
  -- 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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Overall, I liked this book and thought it was a worthwhile read.
Paul Kurtz
As I read the early chapters of this book, I thought I would probably give it three stars in my review.
K. Scott Schaeffer
Wayne Grudem gives the very best insight on this subject from a Biblical perspective.
Alan

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91 of 115 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am very excited about what a great resource this is. I loved Grudem's Systematic Theology for the detailed work yet well laid out approach to teaching Biblical Theology. So I was interested in this work on Politics based on what the Bible has to say hoping that it was going to be as well laid out.

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.
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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By bob lewis on November 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 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.
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42 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin R Marsh on October 20, 2011
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"And when the Gospel changes lives, it should also result in changed neighborhoods. And changed schools. And changed businesses. And changed societies. So shouldn't "the Gospel" also result in changed governments as well? Of course it should!" (47 - italics original)

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.
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87 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Lopez on March 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Short version:
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.
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Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, received his A.B. from Harvard, M.Div. and honorary D.D. from Westminster Seminary-Philadelphia, and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. He is a board member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author or editor of over twenty books. He was the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married since 1969, and they have three grown sons.
See more publications and audio and video lectures at www.waynegrudem.com.

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