By Stephen Charles Mott
Arguing that americans make political offerings when it comes to a basic suggestion of correct and flawed, but lack a valid, goal beginning for such values, evangelical student Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political thought that provides such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical resources, Mott completely develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political assessment. Mott proposes that political philosophies can be evaluated in gentle of Christian theological and moral values--specifically the certainty of energy, human nature, the character of staff 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 provides designated realization to their classical exponents and ideas. announcing that political visions eventually depend upon cultural values that themselves require full of life spiritual religion in a selected society, Mott's research bargains a necessary advent to Christian political notion in addition to an illuminating examine the relationship among politics and faith.
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When they are grossly maldistributed, those who are weakest—whether peasant or refugee—are subject to injustice and violence. Where the inner resources The Goodness and Corruption of Power 21 of defensive power are distributed more evenly than the material resources, the psychological and spiritual intrusion might be thwarted, yet without a lessening of the physical assault. Intervening Power Life does not consist of a community simply divided among individuals, who are exploiters or victims. Within the biblical understanding, the individual is one who lives in community.
On the other hand, there are the various perceptions that people have of what that reality is, as well as the differing expectations for life that they relate to these ideas. Political theory must be based on an understanding of human nature. Politics can be carried out only by human beings, and it involves the problem of how much power should be entrusted. A conception of human nature provides the political thinker with a means of evaluation. 1 Not all who reflect upon politics are willing to claim knowledge of human nature because of doubts about the possibility of such knowledge.
Can it be known? By presenting a Christian reflection on politics, we are intentionally starting from the standpoint of Christian faith. We are making the assumption that reliable truth is found in the Judaeo-Christian scriptures and in the natural world as created by God. We are building upon the Christian understanding of human nature without attempting the significant task of laying out the basis of its claims for knowledge. We are thus able to take a short cut into normative argument that those who do not make our assumptions would not take.
A Christian Perspective on Political Thought by Stephen Charles Mott