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The Third Alternative: Christian Self-Government

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Understanding Government from the Biblical Worldview Back when the Soviet Communist tyranny unraveled in Eastern Europe, the result was economic collapse, civil war and bloodshed. Many of us thought it would mean freedom, peace and prosperity! Why did we suppose that? From where does liberty come? Is liberty simply the absence of tyranny? Is liberty the license to do what ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Xulon Press (first published 2003)
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Chris Curtis
Jan 30, 2011 Chris Curtis rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised over a book I feared slogging through. Not a big political science fan, but this book discusses much more than civil government. It's really good. Has application to every person, every family, every church, and every government. It's about SELF-government, and how this internal form of government ultimately builds a stronger nation. It's how God intended government to be - built from the strength of individuals able to govern themselves based on their love for God and for ...more
The Third Alternative has the appearance of being a self-published book because of some quirks in its formatting, but the ideas contained in the book offer much fodder for thought on the state of American government.

The author’s premise is that a third alternative exists between libertarian and totalitarian forms of government. This third alternative requires the individual to govern himself under God's authority. Our tendency has been to lose our freedoms because we either fail to govern oursel
Natalie Wickham
Oct 29, 2009 Natalie Wickham rated it liked it
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An interesting book loaned to me by some friends following some of our discussions regarding Biblical Law and its application in today’s society. Mr. Burtness asserts that the primary purpose of government is not to control, but to protect the freedoms of the populous. He also points out that the less a nation’s citizens take the responsibility to govern themselves, the more necessary it will become for them to be controlled by external forces.
Mar 08, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing
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Mr. Burtness has done a fantastic job of explaining the Biblical principles of government. He shows what God's model for government should look like and how our Founding Fathers modeled our government at its beginnings after God's model. Every American should read this book.
Jared Lovell
Aug 11, 2013 Jared Lovell rated it liked it
Good starting point. Nails the basic truths. Would have like to see the arguments developed further.
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