A Christian Perspective on Political Thought by Stephen Charles Mott

By Stephen Charles Mott

Arguing that americans make political offerings when it comes to a common thought of correct and fallacious, but lack a valid, goal origin for such values, evangelical pupil Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political thought 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 may be evaluated in mild of Christian theological and moral values--specifically the knowledge of energy, human nature, the character of workforce lifestyles, justice and love, govt, and time. He then applies this serious framework in an assessment of political ideologies, together with conventional conservatism, liberalism, democracy, laissez-faire conservatism, Marxist socialism, and democratic socialism. He provides specific cognizance to their classical exponents and ideas. announcing that political visions eventually rely on cultural values that themselves require full of life spiritual religion in a specific society, Mott's examine bargains a beneficial creation to Christian political notion in addition to an illuminating examine the relationship among politics and faith.

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49). 27). The three dimensions of power are seen in Nehemiah 5, a chapter that provides a specific example of topics interrelated in Leviticus 25: loss of land, weakness, interest, slavery. The people, having lost control of their lands to creditors in their plight, were selling their children into slavery. "We are powerless [cf. Deut. 32], and our fields and vineyards now belong to others" (v. 5, NRSV). The diminution of their defensive power in the land had led to further exploitive power being exercised against them.

Defensive power is the ability to retain one's created nature and purpose. The perversion of overcoming of defensive power is evil. Exploitive power that defeats defensive power is thus evil and an assault upon God's creation. Intervening power restores defensive power by defeating exploitive power. Intervening power is creative in that its model and source is God. God in general and in special grace reestablishes power of being by overcoming the forces that pervert the creation. God's role as creator continues in the present and is not restricted to the beginnings.

1 -4; cf. 1,4,6). Power exists for the defense of our own being as well as for actions on behalf of the being of others. 35 a person who is poor is one whose "power slips" in relation to the rest of the community ("with you"). The divine mandate is to empower that person (literally, "cause him to be strong" [hazaqin the Hiphil]). In the context the way of carrying out this responsibility is institutionalized as a proscription on exploitive power: "You must not charge [them] interest on a loan, either by deducting it in advance from the capital sum, or by adding it on repayment" (v.

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