Stephen Charles Mott's A Christian Perspective on Political Thought PDF

By Stephen Charles Mott

ISBN-10: 0195071212

ISBN-13: 9780195071214

ISBN-10: 0195081382

ISBN-13: 9780195081381

Arguing that american citizens make political offerings by way of a basic idea of correct and flawed, but lack a legitimate, goal starting place for such values, evangelical pupil Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political conception that provides such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical resources, Mott completely develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political review. Mott proposes that political philosophies could be evaluated in mild of Christian theological and moral values--specifically the certainty of energy, human nature, the character of crew existence, justice and love, executive, and time. He then applies this serious framework in an review of political ideologies, together with conventional conservatism, liberalism, democracy, laissez-faire conservatism, Marxist socialism, and democratic socialism. He offers specified cognizance to their classical exponents and ideas. saying that political visions finally rely on cultural values that themselves require full of life non secular religion in a selected society, Mott's examine bargains a worthwhile creation to Christian political inspiration in addition to an illuminating examine the relationship among politics and faith.

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Arguing that americans make political offerings by way of a normal concept of correct and fallacious, but lack a legitimate, aim starting place for such values, evangelical pupil Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political idea that offers such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical resources, Mott completely develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political overview.

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So those who are entrusted to carry the ring to its place of doom are the humble and unpretentious hobbits. Samwise, the hobbit, could withstand the temptation of the ring. 59 The wise and powerful would be deluded by their strength from maintaining this recognition. The danger of false security for the wise is to lack awareness of the finiteness of their knowledge while pretending that it is final and ultimate. " He or she is like the self-righteous that Jesus addressed as not knowing their need of a physician.

My husband is sick in the hospital with bad lung, tuberculosis. How could I live if I didn't work? How could my children eat? How could I pay the rent? 48 The absence of defensive power is a source of corruption. A twenty-year-old woman, a survivor of the 1982 Shatila Camp massacre in Lebanon, said, "Whoever they were, we know our revolution was the only security for us. When our fighters left our camp, anyone could kill us. 50 The characteristics that the powerless often exhibit—apathy, proneness to seek immediate gratification, use of drugs, carrying out violence against themselves and their own group—cannot be explained only in terms of the inward conditions of sin.

They would appear to be those best equipped to have power over others. We have seen that power gives a false sense of security and creates its own insecurities. What happens when power is given to these ideal groups? Are they immune? The wise. Tolkien's story of the Lord of the Rings offers a profound critique of concentrated power. The ring, "the Ring of Power," must be destroyed before the evil Sauron can be defeated. It cannot, however, be used by the wise, powerful, and good—even if to destroy it.

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