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"There are sections of this book that are uncannily timely . . . This can be a wonderful resource as we face growing tensions from an ever more powerful state."
--Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

"a sweeping, and inspiring, guide to politics and government .... [this book] will be on the desk next to the microphone in my radio studio" --Hugh Hewitt, professor of law and radio talk show host

"[Grudem's] biblically-based good sense overwhelms the nostrums of . . . the evangelical left." --Marvin Olasky, editor, World magazine

Conservative and hard-hitting both biblically and culturally,  . . . [it covers] the whole waterfront of America's political debate with shrewd insight and strong argument . . . . An outstanding achievement! --J I Packer, Regent College, Vancouver,

"The fuzzy thinking . . . of many evangelicals is corrected in Wayne Grudem's biblical and irenic assessment of contemporary politics." --Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Seminary

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"Precisely and exactly the call the rising generation needs to hear"
  -- Timothy Goeglein, Vice President, External Relations, Focus on the Family

Written by the author of the bestselling theology text in the world, this book not only considers today's most pressing issues, but also details the purpose of civil government and how Christians might best influence government.  Politics -- According to the Bible may be the most important book you can read on how the Bible supports conservative political positions.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 8.4.2010 edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William D. Curnutt VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am very excited about what a great resource this is. I loved Grudem's Systematic Theology for the detailed work yet well laid out approach to teaching Biblical Theology. So I was interested in this work on Politics based on what the Bible has to say hoping that it was going to be as well laid out.

I was not disappointed. Part one is a must read as it sets the foundation for what Grudem will detail throughout the rest of the book. It approaches his view of the Basic Principles of Politics as seen in scripture. He does a good job of talking about the Theocracy of the Old Testament and then how Jesus gives us a new view of Biblical thoughts regarding government.

Grudem states in the Introduction, "I support political positions in this book that would be called more 'conservative' than 'liberal.' . . . . It is important to understand that I see these positions as flowing out of the Bible's teaching rather than positions that I hold prior to, or independently of, those biblical teachings." I think it was important for him to state this fact so that we know that he may have had a different view of politics before he studied what the Bible had to say. I think he does a good job of also stating that he will take on some conservative, Republican, ideas as being wrong, because they don't square with the Bible.

After you have read Part 1 you can then start to read at random, depending on what topic is of most interest to you. The table of contents is extensive and helps you to find topics of interest to you that you can go directly to. I have read several of the topics I was interested in and found Grudem's work to be thought provoking.
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"Politics According to the Bible" has an authoritative title, and its large size re-enforces that sense of authority. Unfortunately, the book does not live up to its billing. I commend Grudem for his attempt to provide a consistent political philosophy from a conservative evangelical point of view. There are times when he is very on-point, such as when he discusses the need for Christians to be publicly engaged, and when discussing the standard issues which motivate evangelical voters (life, marriage, religious freedom, school choice, etc).

I am a fairly conservative Christian, and I also happen to be a somewhat conservative Republican. I cannot recommend this book, however, because of the unfortunate title, which gives the appearance of authority, while Grudem consistently confuses issues to which the Bible speaks and those to which it does not. Issues such as those mentioned above are listed alongside aspects of environmental policy, foreign policy, tax and budgetary policy, and campaign finance regulations. These are hardly in the same ball-park. The idea that God has a clearly defined or knowable opinion on regulations for equal time for political candidates, the funding of the F-22 Raptor (I kid you not, he specifically mentions this), the creation of guest worker visas, or fuel emission standards is bizarre. That's what much of the book is: bizarre. Straw-man arguments abound, and Grudem seems to equate any departure from Republican orthodoxy as evidence of a Darwinian, secular-humanist worldview. Again, I agree with him on many of these political issues, but he goes much too far, until it becomes absurd. I cannot recommend this book for these reasons, which is a shame, because he is good on issues where the Bible actually does speak...
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I have long been a Grudem fan leaning heavily on his Systematic Theology and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Politics According to the Bible will occupy the opposing side to Jim Wallis' God's Politics.

I am personally in agreement with the author's position regarding the role of the believer in politics and appreciated his handling of the five opposing views regarding the believer's role. My discomfort with many of his observations and conclusions stem more from his view of the broad reach for the government in the life of the citizen. At the same time, it seemed to me he gives more attention to the public statements of the political parties as opposed to their actions over the past century or so. Platform statements are for propaganda purposes. What the parties have done is the evidence of what they believe. Seems as if there is a suggestion in scripture toward that end?

Still, the book is a great resource, especially the first four chapters while his treatment of the sixty issues affords one a starting point in considering each point. Needs to be in the Christian's library

I recommend the book along with Chuck Colson's Kingdom's In Conflict, Gary DeMarr's God and Government series, Rushdoony's Law and Liberty, and Bhansen's By What Standard.
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A comprehensive examination of what the Bible states about Christian involvement in politics. refutes the fallacy of the church today, that the church only speaks to salvation, self improvement and personality issues. Gives an almost exhaustive examination of Biblical examples of what type of influence we are to exert, what we are not supposed to do, and even goes into specific moral issues.
this is an education in what the church was before 1954 and the Johnson Amendment silenced the church. Almost every great moral change in America was birthed from the pulpits of churches. This is a must read for every pastor, to have a Biblical perspective on the churches responsibilities.
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