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DOUG BANDOW is a former Presidential Policy Analyst. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank, and a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service. 

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Turning Point Christian Worldview Series (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First Printing edition (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891074988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891074984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a pretty straight forward look into the 1st Century Christian view of politics, that is important because these Christians were taught directly by Jesus.

Several quotes from the book stand out to me: " Paul was willing to use his Roman citizenship to demand the protections of the judicial process due him, but he engaged in no lobbying on the public policy issues of the day"

Paul's " Letters to believers in such important cities of Corinth, Ephesus, and even Rome betrayed no interest in secular political squabbles"

Paul "commanded submission to government, but in none of his many letters did he ever detail even one policy for the local church to urge on public institutions"

"Though they believed they were obligated to honor the governing authorities, the early Christians did not believe in participating in political affairs"

These Christians clearly lived by Jesus command to pay back Caesar's things to Caesar, but God's things to God.

This is also part of what it meant when Jesus said his disciples were to be no part of the world, just as he is no part of the world.

James also hit on this point when he said that friendship with the world is enmity with God, whoever wants to be a friend of the world is constituting himself an enemy of God.
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Good book!
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Caveat Emptor!
Considering Bandow's political views, the book could have been much shorter. Essentially, Bandow claims there really isn't a biblical view of politics.
If you are really interested in an explicitly Biblical book on politics, try George Grant's "The Changing of the Guard" or his "The Patriot's Handbook".
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