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The Good of Politics: A Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Introduction (Engaging Culture)

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In this addition to the acclaimed Engaging Culture series, a highly respected author and Christian thinker offers a principled, biblical perspective on engaging political culture as part of one's calling.

James Skillen believes that constructive Christian engagement depends on the belief that those made in the image of God are created not only for family life, agriculture,

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Paperback, 214 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Baker Academic
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Bob
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
In our current toxic political climate one might ask the question, "can anything good come of politics?" James W. Skillen would answer that affirmatively. His main contention is that to be created in the image of God means, among other things, that we are political creatures and that political life, along with things like work and family, is part of God's creation intention for us. It is not a consequence of the fall. Like other aspects of the human condition, political life certainly has been d ...more
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith, politics, justice
For decades, James Skillen has been thinking deeply and carefully about politics and public policy from an evangelical perspective. Despite the culture wars raging to his right and to his left, he has managed to maintain a degree of nuance and sanity that is all too rare among political commentators, Christian or otherwise. Needless to say, he’s someone I’m committed to learning from.

The founder and former executive director of the Center for Public Justice, a non-partisan think tank that seeks
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Mar 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
The first few pages seemed promising. Then came his bizarre theory regarding the seven days of creation(pg.22) and how it relates to everything else. By page 37 this creation view of his is getting weirder and weirder. I'm not sure I'm gonna be able to stomach reading the rest of the book. I'm gonna try but it's gonna be slow.
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James W. Skillen (PhD, Duke University) helped found the Center for Public Justice, an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education, which he served as executive director and president. Now retired from the Center, he is engaged in full-time writing, mentoring, and speaking on political thought and public policy. Skillen has authored or edited numerous books ...more

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