- Series: Christian Life And Public Policy Series
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Alertness Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972975497
- ISBN-13: 978-0972975490
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,848,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In evangelical circles...government activism turns out to be an unbiblical and otherwise impractical means to the ends desired. --D. Eric Schansberg, Ph.D.
Christians will find that much of what they embrace runs counter to the biblical and foundational American concepts like liberty. --Paul J. Dean, D.Min.
A thoroughly-biblical and much needed remedy to Christian apologists for the state and its wars. I highly recommend it. --Laurence M. Vance, Ph.D.
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There are many other issues he mentioned that I'm still wrestling with as well. I think he did do an excellent job pointing out the flaws with the "divine rights of kings" explanation of Rom. 13:1-7. As of now, I feel like my own view falls somewhere between the author's and the more widely-accepted interpretation of Rom. 13. As a matter of fact, I appreciate that the author mentioned a more recent view that has emerged which mingles the "liberty of conscience" perspective (the one he advocates) with divine right ideas (p.p. 287-291). This discussion was immensely helpful since this seems to be closest to the view I currently hold to.
Overall, this is a very interesting read and I recommend it for all Christians who struggle to understand how a Christian should view government and the state. Even if the reader doesn't agree with everything, he/she will learn and grow. I gave the book 5 stars not because I agree with everything (On the contrary, I thought many of his ideas far too radical), but because the book is very engaging and thought-provoking. I couldn't put it down!
Early in this book, Dr. Cobin introduces you to four views concerning the relationshp between church/Christian and state (as opposed to government). He clearly states that true Christians have different views, but Cobin focuses on developing the perspective he terms as "Liberty Of Conscience." Unlike most churches today which would fit into the "Divine Right of Kings" view, the "Liberty Of Conscience" sees the state as a competing kingdom more often a terror to the righteous than the other way around, and that while we are to be submissive (he points out the word in Greek is in the passive voice, not the active), we have the responsibility to stand against evil rulers and seek a change.
I'm not sure I agree with everything in the book; my wife is even less sure. There are instances where he is trying to convince you he's right (in my opinion, his case for a lottery to fund the government as opposed to taxes is an example). For the most part, though, his approach is both logical and Biblical, even though he makes you ponder his points. For example, is it wrong for a Christian to accept food stamps or social security? Is it permissible for a Christian to take up arms against a corrupt, tyranical regime? Does Lincoln's name belong with our greatest presidents, or with a list of dictators like Ghenghis Khan, Hitler, and Stalin?
I'm still wrestling with some of the implications, but this is a very good and necessary book for Christians to deal with government.
Dealing with such diverse topics as: economics, immigration, drug policy, taxation, licensure, war, lotteries, and much more, Dr. Cobin's book will drive you to some startling conclusions and force you to re-evaluate what you believe in the light of Holy Scripture.
Will you agree with everything in it? Most likely not. At least not at first. However, his arguments are quite convincing and I predict you will be swayed to his position on more than one topic.
Heavily footnoted and loaded with some very interesting & entertaining quotes, it is well worth having in your library. Only this is one you'll actually read!