A Christian Perspective on Political Thought

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byStephen Charles Mott

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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 grouplife, 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 theirclassical 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 connectionbetween politics and religion.

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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 t...

Stephen Charles Mott is at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195081382

ISBN - 13:9780195081381

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"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....thoroughlyresearched 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