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Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics

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In this book, Benne describes and analyzes the wrong ways to relate religion and politics and offers a better way.

Benne calls the two main bad ways of relating religion and politics “separationism” and “fusionism.” Secular separationists decry all involvement of religion in politics; religious separationists, on the other hand, advocate abstaining from politics in the name
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 23rd 2010 by Eerdmans
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John
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice and concise book that is a thoughtful read on how the christian might approach engagement in politics. Benne does a nice job of showing how one might work from the core christian principles such as those outlined in the Apostles Creed and work from there to public policy issues. He shows that this can be done but that we should not expect that everyone will be in lock step at every point along the way. Benne finishes with a four part approach to practical engagement of religion in politics ...more
Patrick S
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Those who most need to read this book, whether my friends or not, are highly unlikely to. They include those whom RB calls separationists, but also those who may care about robust faith and yet are apathetic about the political world.

Those who not really apathetic but perhaps skeptical or unsure about drawing appropriate links between biblical faith and politics are the ones who I recommend read it. This short book won't offer a stencil for drawing all the right conclusions, but it does offer an
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Rachel
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The relationship of religion and politics seems to have gotten awfully muddied in recent years. Benne — in a refreshingly sane, sensible, occasionally gruff, and generally straightforward way — offers a few good solutions and a whole lot of good questions to help politically interested Christians clear the waters.

Ivan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mark Dever strongly recommended this little brief book on religion and politics. It's very accessible, concise, and helpful.
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