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Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (Christian Worldview Integration) Paperback – March 2, 2010
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In other words, liberal democracy seems to enhance many of the ideals the Christian faith does.
Beckwith takes care to define liberal democracy, liberal referring to the liberties or freedoms the government is supposed to guarantee, and democracy covering both a government that is accountable to the people, and has a developed civil society.
The question Beckwith seeks to answer is what does it mean to be a Christian citizen in a liberal democracy, and how should we interact with politics in relation to our faith. Beckwith's plea is not necessarily that ALL Christians should become involved politically, but that ALL Christians should be politically AWARE. They should understand the effects of legislation that is passed by governments and make measured responses to any injustice or hindrance such legislation may make, especially upon the gospel.Read more ›
As it turns out, politics is a general term that covers a large number of various sub-disciplines. These include political theory (The study of the nature of government), comparative politics (The study of other political systems), political economy (The study of how politics and the economy relate to each other), and public law (The study of how different entities relate to each other). Chapter one deals with these various divisions within politics.
In the following chapters, Beckwith covers the relationship between the Christian citizen and liberal democracy. In Matthew 22, Jesus instructed that because the image of Caesar was present on the coin presented to him, we have a duty to obey earthly governments. To disobey government, which is an institution established by God, thus equates to disobeying God himself. Implicit in this, however, is the other realization that because the image of God is present on us that we also have a duty to obey God. Thus, while Christians are subject to government authority, it is permissible in certain circumstances to disobey governments which are at conflict with Biblical values.
Beckwith also correctly notes that in some situations, it is permissible to support non-Christian candidates for political office (Mitt Romney, for example).Read more ›
1) Well Done: Beckwith simply has done his homework. It is evident throughout the book that he is knowledgeable and has thought through the Christian Worldview implications on politics. These is much to be learned from him and this book. Spend the time reading this and you will be extremely blessed by how your worldview will begin to change in regards to political life.
2) Arguments Well Constructed: The reader will learn from the introduction what Beckwith's arguments are and how be plans to prove them. This is the mark of any good writer. He lays out chapter by chapter what he intends the reader to understand and how he challenges the Christian to think about government.
3) Longer?: I rarely say this about many books but i wish this was longer, it does a great job but me personally, I want to know more. It is the perfect length or a weekend read and maybe that's what he intended it to be. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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This is will be an on going review. I am only in chapter one, but I feel like I had to post something after the first paragraph. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert Fisher
I had selected this book for my Amazon Wish List, and then forgot about it. A couple years later I began my graduate studies at Liberty University, and this book was one of the... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by H W Ranch