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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction
This tome is a thorough introduction to Biblical politics. With sections on the framework of understanding politics in light of the Bible's teaching and on specific topics this book acts as both a good Biblical politics 101 and a reference guide for engaging in contemporary issues at the heart of western democracy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment
Almost twenty years ago when I was a PhD student, our minister led a weekly study going chapter by chapter through Grudem's Systematic theology - an excellent book that was and remains deeply formative upon my Biblical and theological beliefs.

Two decades later and returning to Grudem, I am deeply disappointed. Despite its presentation, this does not read as a...
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Dr. Richard Harris


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2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment, 11 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Politics According to the Bible (Hardcover)
Almost twenty years ago when I was a PhD student, our minister led a weekly study going chapter by chapter through Grudem's Systematic theology - an excellent book that was and remains deeply formative upon my Biblical and theological beliefs.

Two decades later and returning to Grudem, I am deeply disappointed. Despite its presentation, this does not read as a Biblical book that attempts to draw political ideas and principles from the lens of the Bible but actually quite the opposite: a book that appears to start with a political position and then use some Biblical verses to justify it. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Chapter on the Environment and especially the sections discussing climate change / global warming. Here Grudem draws extensively on the work of climate skeptics to produce - not unsurprisingly - a one-sided and deeply uninformed position. Where are the social justice (God's justice) arguments in favour of protecting people's livelihoods or preventing starvation in the face of changing climate patterns? Where are the theological arguments that present a much deeper and nuanced understanding, from the Bible, exposing the superficiality of the idea we "have dominion" over the Earth, at least in the way Grudem understands it. Why propagate the gossip (something the Bible is not too keen on) surrounding so-called 'Climate-gate' and not mention the extraordinary thoroughness by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reviews the evidence and draws conclusions even if occasionally mistakes are made (which is to be human, in a fallen world, right?). Why not be a little more self-questioning or perhaps mention that those who have done most to stir-up doubts about man-made global warming are backed by oil companies and other extractive industries, organisations that have a vested interest in undermining the science.

Sorry, what Grudem presents is not theology but ideology - a conservative manifesto. I admire him for thinking through his politics by using the Bible but a better recognition that how he has read the Bible is not objective but itself political would have made for a better and more balanced book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction, 1 Nov 2010
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This tome is a thorough introduction to Biblical politics. With sections on the framework of understanding politics in light of the Bible's teaching and on specific topics this book acts as both a good Biblical politics 101 and a reference guide for engaging in contemporary issues at the heart of western democracy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars America - the new Israel of the West, 4 Jun 2014
This review is from: Politics According to the Bible (Hardcover)
I have to say I was quite disappointed with Grudem's Politics-According to the Bible. Unfortunately he grossly misrepresents Biblical arguments for pacifism and glosses over the New Testament passages which concern the debate. His Biblical justification for military might and aggression is based on the view that since Jesus quoted "love your neighbor" from Leviticus in the Old Testament, then that pretty much makes everything else in the Old Testament ok (p.391). Of course he fails to acknowledge the context in which Jesus discusses the quotation or Jesus' appendage "love your enemies!". He also makes no mention of Jesus' radical answer to the question "Who is my neighbour?" - namely the Samaritan - the national enemy!

The book wreaks from the overwhelming bias in favour of American foreign policy as has been practiced over the past years, particularly since 9/11. If I was more cynical the picture on the front would have put me off but I thought it was worth a read. Much of Grudem's argument centres around the principle that "it worked so it must be right". I'll finish with a direct quotation from p.393:

'In actual fact, it was only the superior force of the United States military that overthrew Saddam. It was only the superior force of the United States military that defeated terrorists in Afghanistan. It was only the superior power of the United States military that protected us for many years following 9/11...'

Forgive me if I don't break out into the star-spangled banner. I highly recommend reading "The Schleitheim Articles" instead for a Christian view on politics - you can find them free online.
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