Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft
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Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft  -     By: Francis J. Beckwith

Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft

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In Politics for Christians Francis Beckwith seeks to introduce Christian students to the study of politics. Particularly, Beckwith addresses the legitimate question of whether or not Christians "should set aside their beliefs before they enter the public square." Moreover, Beckwith seeks to provide students with an understanding of democratic governments that appreciates liberal democracy as not hostile to Christianity and its participation in the shaping of public policy.

In this way, Beckwith has written a primer by which students can understand democracy from a Christian perspective that also allows them to maintain and employ their beliefs in public policy.

This book will make an outstanding textbook for both college and church courses seeking to understand Christian engagement in politics.

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Title: Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft
By: Francis J. Beckwith
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 0830828141
ISBN-13: 9780830828142
Series: Christian Worldview Integration
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Politics is concerned with citizenship and the administration of justice--how communities are formed and governed. The role of Christians in the political process is hotly contested, but as citizens, Francis Beckwith argues, Christians have a rich heritage of sophisticated thought, as well as a genuine responsibility, to contribute to the shaping of public policy. In particular, Beckwith addresses the contention that Christians, or indeed religious citizens of any faith, should set aside their beliefs before they enter the public square. What role should religious citizens take in a liberal democracy? What is the proper separation of church and state? What place should be made for natural rights and the moral law within a secular state? This cogent introduction to political thought surveys political science, politics and government while making the case for how statecraft may genuinely contribute to soulcraft. Politics for Christians is part of The Christian Worldview Integration Series.

Author Bio

Francis J. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and church-state studies, and fellow and faculty associate in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is author of Law, Darwinism Public Education and coeditor of To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview.

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"Beckwith's book Politics for Christians is most definitely helpful for those who want a solid introduction to politics and who are ready to ponder the believer's place in the rough and tumble work of statecraft."

-- Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed, August 2010

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