A Christian Perspective on Political Thought by Stephen Charles Mott

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By Stephen Charles Mott

Arguing that american citizens make political offerings by way of a normal proposal of correct and mistaken, but lack a legitimate, aim starting place for such values, evangelical student Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political conception that offers such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical assets, Mott completely develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political overview. Mott proposes that political philosophies might be evaluated in gentle of Christian theological and moral values--specifically the certainty of energy, human nature, the character of staff existence, justice and love, executive, and time. He then applies this serious framework in an overview of political ideologies, together with conventional conservatism, liberalism, democracy, laissez-faire conservatism, Marxist socialism, and democratic socialism. He supplies designated awareness to their classical exponents and concepts. announcing that political visions finally depend upon cultural values that themselves require energetic non secular religion in a selected society, Mott's learn bargains a priceless creation to Christian political concept in addition to an illuminating examine the relationship among politics and religion.

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Mention is made of God's care, which is present in the destruction of the power of the wicked, in the middle of a passage that celebrates God's creative power in the earth. Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal, and it is dyed like a garment. Light is withheld from the wicked, and their uplifted arm is broken. Have you entered into springs of the sea.

In the years right after World War II, faculty members who came under attack for leftist views or associations, even as mild as supporting Henry Wallace's presidential campaign, were rarely supported by their administrators. Instead, out of concern for the public image and support of the institution and for their own reputations, administrators were active in repudiating and dismissing these faculty members. For this end, procedures designed to protect faculty members from administrative capaciousness were set aside.

The serpent presented a distorted view of God as one whose commands are not fully on the side of human welfare. Sin involves assenting to a false view of God, or "rebellious unbelief," as Richard Mouw calls it. Sin lies deeper than ethical selfishness. It involves "love of the creaturely" rather than the Creator. " Because of pride, in our rebellion against the Creator, we are willing to trust in anything but God and will humiliate ourselves in bowing and scraping before brutal dictators and dumb idols.

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