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A World Without Tyranny: Christian Faith and International Politics (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series) Paperback – January 1, 1990

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Editorial Reviews


"A timely, informed study on how Biblical faith relates to world politics. Curry provides a splendid defense of democratic capitalism."
Mark R. Amstutz, Professor of Political Science, Wheaton College

"In this thoughtful and well-reasoned work, Dean Curry has performed a signal service by taking a fresh look at the relationship of Christian faith to international politics... uncompromising in its preference for freedom over tyranny, and rightly critical of the utopianism that pervades so much of contemporary Christian thought."
Alberto R. CollCharles H. Stockton Professor of International Law, United States Naval War College

"Curry has an impressive grasp of a broad array of foreign policy issues, and articulately weaves in a Biblical perspective for many of the international issues that will face us in the 1990s."
Walter H. Kansteiner IIIU.S. Department of State, Policy Planning Staff

About the Author

DEAN C. CURRY is chairman of the department of history and political science and associate professor of political science at Messiah College. He coauthored Nuclear Arms: Two Views on World Peace and edited Evangelicals and the Bishops' Pastoral Letter

Marvin Olasky (PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan) is the editor-in-chief of World Magazine. He has been interviewed numerous times by the national media as the developer of the concepts of compassionate conservatism and biblically objective journalism and is the author of twenty books.


Product Details

  • Series: Turning Point Christian Worldview Series (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Format: Paperback
a) Overview
Professor Curry's A World without Tyranny is a notable attempt to "articulate a Christian theology of international politics and to relate that theory to the application of Biblical principles in the arena of global politics" (p. xviii). Curry demonstrates his impressive command over international relations as he discusses the political theories and historical movements that dominated the Twentieth Century and how these movements point to democratic capitalism as the best form of government suited to promoting the common good.
Professor Curry's justification for Christian involvement in the affairs of the world is based on the premise that God created the world and the world was good, yet man tainted every aspect of creation at the fall. God responded through self-sacrificial redemption, and Christians are called to be co-laborors in this redemption by working to establish peace, justice and order in a broken world.
The book's strength is its impressive outline of a wide array of foreign policy issues, political events and ideologies that have shaped recent history. Yet ultimately, the book fails in its attempt to define a Christian theology of international politics.

b) Flaws
(1) Fails to Clearly Articulate a Biblical Perspective on International Politics
(a) Implies that there is No Biblical Perspective on International Politics
Dean Curry's central thesis is muddled by repeated assertions that there is no one "Biblical position" on international politics. The author thus warns against ascribing to the Bible a political agenda. He "does not claim to represent the Biblical view of international politics" or to "sanctify partisan positions on specific contemporary foreign policy issues" (p. xviii).
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