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An eloquent and truly Christian perspective on politics,
This review is from: The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book. Speaking as both a Christian and a political scientist, it's the best single volume I've come across on this subject. Its depth far exceeds books put out by better-known, more-lightweight thinkers (e.g., Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Rush Limbaugh). There's really no comparison. Budziszewski (!) consistently gets to the heart of the matter. He displays impressive philosophical knowledge and reasoning, without being boring, pretentious, or unintelligible. In other words, the book is interesting, down-to-earth, and understable...while also being brilliant. His even-handed (transcendent) analysis of communitarianism, liberalism, and [yes, even that sacred cow of most evangelicals] conservatism is refreshing. By way of comparison, I'd say that while _Blinded By Might_ (Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson) does a good job of pointing out the dangers of politicizing Christianity, _The Revenge of Conscience_ goes much deeper and comes from a consistently Christian perspective. Cal Thomas may have regrets about his role of blurring the lines between religion and politics, but he continues to uphold the major myths of secular conservatism and to praise its political exponents. If you're receiving direct guidance from the Spirit of God, then maybe you don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows. It could be that the Spirit will use this book to help remove cultural blinders and dispel ideological prejudices. _The Revenge of Conscience_ is so well-written and thought-provoking that people of whatever religious persuasion (or lack thereof) will enjoy the book. It's like nothing else I've read on the subject.