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A Christian Perspective on Political Thought - Stephen Charles Mott

A Christian Perspective on Political Thought

Paperback Published: 27th May 1993
ISBN: 9780195081381
Number Of Pages: 352

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Arguing that Americans make political choices in terms of a general notion of right and wrong, yet lack a sound, objective foundation for such values, evangelical scholar Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political theory that supplies such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical sources, Mott thoroughly develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political evaluation. Mott proposes that political philosophies should be evaluated in light of Christian theological and ethical values--specifically the understanding of power, human nature, the nature of group life, justice and love, government, and time. He then applies this critical framework in an evaluation of political ideologies, including traditional conservatism, liberalism, democracy, laissez-faire conservatism, Marxist socialism, and democratic socialism. He gives special attention to their classical exponents and ideas. Asserting that political visions ultimately depend on cultural values that themselves require vigorous religious faith in a particular society, Mott's study offers a valuable introduction to Christian political thought as well as an illuminating look at the connection between politics and religion.

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"Stephen Mott compellingly argues that the major contending political stances rest on competing views of justice, that we can tell the more valid from the less valid views, and that the biblical understanding of justice is more basic than thinner, flatter modern views and most classical, secular ones. This is a substantive contribution to public discourse."--Max L. Stackhouse, Andover Newton Theological Seminary "Mott's work will aid in the intelligent evaluation of the political realities that affect all of us."--Spiritual Life "[Mott] is academic in the best sense - one gets the impression that he has thought deeply about his subject, and he writes with that rare amalgam of authority and clarity. It is always a delight to find somebody who is so steeped in the literature on political philosophy. Mott does not write in an evangelical 'bubble' but takes on the best of them....[A Christian Perspective on Political Thought] deserves a central place on reading lists in theological colleges and university departments."--Third Way "A scrupulously researched and carefully organized guide book to modern Protestant religious thinking in a world of fearful political crises."--Ward M. Morton, Southern Illinois University "This book should be greeted as another sign of evangelical scholarship's arrival into the mainstream of American public discourse....An impressive intellectual effort....Clearly, Mott has done his homework, indicating again that theologians are sometimes the most broadly conversant intellectuals we have. One can learn much from the densely packed chapters."--The Review of Politics "Stephen Mott compellingly argues that the major contending political stances rest on competing views of justice, that we can tell the more valid from the less valid views, and that the biblical understanding of justice is more basic than thinner, flatter modern views and most classical, secular ones. This is a substantive contribution to public discourse."--Max L. Stackhouse, Andover Newton Theological Seminary "Mott's work will aid in the intelligent evaluation of the political realities that affect all of us."--Spiritual Life "[Mott] is academic in the best sense - one gets the impression that he has thought deeply about his subject, and he writes with that rare amalgam of authority and clarity. It is always a delight to find somebody who is so steeped in the literature on political philosophy. Mott does not write in an evangelical 'bubble' but takes on the best of them....[A Christian Perspective on Political Thought] deserves a central place on reading lists in theological colleges and university departments."--Third Way "A scrupulously researched and carefully organized guide book to modern Protestant religious thinking in a world of fearful political crises."--Ward M. Morton, Southern Illinois University "This book should be greeted as another sign of evangelical scholarship's arrival into the mainstream of American public discourse....An impressive intellectual effort....Clearly, Mott has done his homework, indicating again that theologians are sometimes the most broadly conversant intellectuals we have. One can learn much from the densely packed chapters."--The Review of Politics "In the literature on social ethics by Evangelical authors, Stephen Mott has a distinguished place....Mott shows the hand of a master teacher. He has summarized much wisdom and many strands of thought that aid the larger, longer, and continuing task of developing a Christian perspective on modern political life."--The Journal of Religion "In this significant book, Stephen Mott effectively weaves together constructive theology of politics with insightful descriptions and evaluations of modern political thought....this book serves as an excellent argument for the viability of Christian democratic socialist thought....thoroughly researched and comprehensive....this book is one of the more scholarly and comprehensive texts written in this field in recent years."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Introductionp. 3
Focusing Theologically
The Goodness and Corruption of Powerp. 13
Doing Human Nature Justicep. 26
Groups in Society: Danger and Deliverancep. 42
To Seek and to Distrust Governmentp. 58
The Challenge of Biblical Justicep. 74
Love Is Not All You Needp. 89
The Politics of Timep. 97
Observing the Visions
The Grace of the Common Life: Traditional Conservatismp. 115
Flourish in Freedom: Liberalismp. 131
A Space in the Public Place: Democracyp. 150
Prosperity Through Unfettered Competition: Laissez-Faire Conservatismp. 162
Unfolding the Possibilities of Humanness: Marxist Socialismp. 183
Participatory Ideals Encountering Human Nature: Socialismp. 198
Epilogue: Are We Better Prepared?p. 219
Notesp. 229
Bibliographyp. 301
Name Indexp. 327
Subject Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780195081381
ISBN-10: 0195081382
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th May 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.55  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.49

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