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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310495997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310495994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne Grudem is research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, DD), and Cambridge (PhD). He is the author of more than a dozen books including the bestselling Systematic Theology.

 

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Fink on February 27, 2013
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Ignore Etaoin Shrdlu's one starred comment. This book is phenomenal. Grudem gives solid biblical grounding, where it is available, to several economic & foreign policy issues. You'll find sound reasoning throughout this book and with biblical principles at its core.

Mr. Shrdlu obviously has issues with Christianity, not Grudem.
To respond to a few of his comments: The teachings of Reform Judaism are irrelevant because their beliefs differ from that of Christianity. The title is "Voting as a CHRISTIAN", not "Voting as a Reformed Judaist". Same goes for the United Church of Christ, who's extremely liberal views do not accurately reflect scripture's teachings (the vast majority of biblical scholars would agree there).

Next, Shrdlu accuses Grudem's work as contrary to Shrdlu's "three no's", which is a false accusation. Shrdlu should know this if he read the book. He is simply making the exact error that Grudem warns. It's "freedom OF religion", not "freedom FROM all religious influence" (pg 16).

Then, Shrdlu points out Grudem's ommission of a crutial portion of the constitution when quoting it on pages 16-17. He clearly misses the point. Where governmental "power" is coming from is not the issue. Human rights is the issue and when those rights are violated "it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it [government]". The portion Grudem quoted is the PREMISE of the argument of the writers of the Declaration. (ie. We have rights given to us by our creator, you [England] violated those rights, so we are absolving our allegiance). So the founding fathers did, in fact, claim "divine authorization for the very existence of the United States of America". It's very simple. With all due respect, this alone should suffice for Grudem's credibility and Etaoin Shrdlu's lack thereof.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Etaoin Shrdlu on February 5, 2013
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In connection with another of his books ("Politics - According to the Bible"), I've warned that what Grudem really wants is to use the government to impose his narrow, sectarian, views on all of us. In short, however much he may babble about "religious freedom", what he really wants is religious tyranny - with his faith as the tyrant.

Now comes this book to prove my point. Read it carefully, and then note how his political views "coincidentally" mirror the conservative and Republican platforms. Of course, this is just "flowing out of the Bible's teachings", and never mind the fact that other people read the Bible and come to the exact opposite conclusions! (Ask Reform Judaism or the United Church of Christ about the issues discussed here, for example, and you'll most likely get a completely different "voting guide".)

This is inevitable when one "begins with the assumption that God intended the Bible to give guidance to every area of life---including how governments should function." In politics that means the majority view of the Bible (and God's intentions) must prevail over all others.

Too bad the Founders didn't agree. They gave us a Constitution that gives the government NO role in matters of religion, and which never mentions the word at all, except in what I call the "Three No's":

No religious test for public office (Article 6, Paragraph 3)

No establishment of religion (First Amendment)

No prohibiting the free exercise thereof (ditto)

How can that possibly align with what Grudem wants? It can't.

Indeed, take a look at pages 16 - 17 of the book (Amazon makes them available here), and you'll see a standard bit of conservative sophistry at work.
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